Harare, Zimbabwe, 3 December 2019 (F2A) – Fatima Zahra Women’s Organisation was granted the opportunity to give lectures on Sexual Reproductive Health and Human Rights, during the International Islamic Crash Course starting on December 3rd, 2019.
The lecture guide of the course included topics derived from three new interfaith briefs on sexual reproductive health and rights, including on SRHR services and information, Gender-Based Violence, the role of faith actors in promoting women’s rights.
On sexual reproductive health and information services in Muslim communities, discussion focused on the practical concept of human rights derived from Islamic Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
On gender-based violence and the African community, the discussion steered towards having a clear separated view on the impacts of culture and religion as individual factors that determines the increase and decrease of gender-based violence. An Islamic approach focuses on what the Islamic religion teaches and basing the evidence from the Qur’an and the hadiths.
Participants gained a better understanding of sexual and Reproductive health and rights. However, participants noted that as there is greater need to promote access to information and services on SRHR. Future dialogues and conversations will be held with the Muslim Faith Communities.
Faith to Action Network and ACT Ubumbano supported this new initiative.