I'm shocked to learn that Sharia Law operates in the UK. This legal framework is essentially governed by those who interpret Islam in a similar way that some fundamental Christians use the bible to stop women speaking in public, consider homosexuality a sin that should be punished, and other morally dubious conclusions. We don't hand over legal power to such extreme Christians, so why has power been handed to their Islamic counter parts?
Before continuing to read, please be clear with the terms being used here. I'm arguing against giving power to those intent on imposing extreme theocratic values into the legal system, I am not arguing against the right to believe, have faith, and to worship. If you're unclear on the terms used please read this post.
The Sharia courts are sanctioned by the UK legal system and they consider a women's testimony to be half that of a mans. Legal decisions are made in these courts that denigrate women in ways I find not only shocking, but also depressing - I thought we had stamped out this kind of thinking in the UK. This court system only delays, and in some cases, puts a stop to equality and justice. These courts were put in place in the 80's and still operate today in the UK.
Part of the reason why women are worth half that of a man, and why they are not allowed to file directly for a divorce under Sharia Law in the UK is below (taken from the Sharia Council website):
"In many other matters, the nature of women are considered. For example, the right of divorce is vested in the hand of the man while she is allowed to ask for divorce either directly or through a Qadi (Judge). Why? Because the women are kind-hearted human beings who are governed by their emotions, a character strongly needed for bringing up the children. On the other hand, man is governed by his mind more than his emotions."
For more reasons why women are worth less than men under Sharia Law, please visit the Islamic Sharia Council's website. http://www.islamic-sharia.org/general/on-the-testimony-of-women-2.html
The One Law For All campaign wishes to put a stop to this. We should have one legal system in the UK that applies to all people, regardless of what religion they subscribe to. We are all equal and it's a disgrace that, in the UK, this is simply not true.
Support One Law For All to put an end to such shocking injustice within the UK and across the world.
Edit: Who does the above apply to and how does it work? As a Muslim woman (or man) living in a Muslim community within the UK, you can be encouraged/pressured/required by your community to visit a Sharia Court. There are roughly 85 of them in the UK. In this court, which has official legal authority in the UK, the things above apply. The Sharia courts deal in family matters such as marriage, divorce, custody of children, etc. As a woman in these courts, your testimony is worth half that of a mans. You are not equal. You are not considered. The only genuine hope of help is to try to peruse your legal rights through a UK civil court. However, many don't make it to this stage. And for many this means you are expelled from your community and have to escape from your home, your support, and your family, to seek justice. All of this is legal in the UK. Help stop this and support One Law For All.