Phase three of Islamic Family Law (IFL) Project Commences.
The WRAPA Islamic Family Law project is being implemented with support from MacArthur Foundation to enhance the practice and application of Islamic Family Law in 7 of the 12 Shari’a States of North Western Nigeria; Kano, Kaduna Kebbi Katsina, Jigawa Zamfara, Sokoto.
The focus of the project is to ensure that Muslim women are aware of their rights as granted under the Islamic law and Shari’a as well as to ensure that they are educated about these rights.
Two phases have been implemented with a context of research, scholarship, dialogue and consensus building activities. The first sub theme was Documentation and Intervention Strategies (Phase I). The second sub was Evolving Institutional Frameworks for Consolidation and Sustainability (Phase II). The third phase Consensus Strategies & Tools: Improving Access and Protection in Islamic Family Law (Phase III) is the final phase of the project and it commenced in 2016.
Important tools developed from the initial phases of the project are ‘The Model Khutbah’ and other tools which include: consent of marriage form, marriage agreement. The third phase is aimed at spreading the Khutbah to 175 mosques which will hopefully have a ripple effect and spread even further than the project states.
The third phase is proposed to provide opportunity to test key assumptions that implementing tools drawn up to improve access to rights and increased protection from abuses.
A planning meeting was held on the 16th and 17th November, 2016 to this effect at Kaduna State. At the meeting, validation was conducted on the model Khutbah and the house also developed a plan for the execution of the final Phase of the intervention.
The third phase is expected to span over a period of three (3) years 2016 – 2019, after which the project can come to a successful ending.