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Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in the Context of Women’s Rights in Islam, Senegal


Rukiyah Bakari is a senior program officer in Timbuktu Institute, or African Center for Peace Studies, an African research center for peace based in Dakar in Senegal, with offices in Niamey in Niger and Bamako3 in Mali. The Timbuktu Institute office in Bamako is the most recent. It was officially opened on March 11, 2021, with the agreement and support of the Malian government, several high-ranking authorities of which were present at the inauguration ceremony.


Violence against women is not only considered a violation of human rights, but also a public health issue. This is seen as violence committed against women which targets the reproductive or vital organs of women. Moreover, living in a place with minimal knowledge increases the risk of women becoming victims of violence. Pairing Islamic values ​​with modern practices will provide a better understanding of efforts to reduce the rate of violence against women.
The Qur’an interpreted through Western secular and Muslim writings means that the source of violence is Islamic law. And this is inversely proportional to what is comprehensively believed that Islam glorifies women. However, some perpetrators scapegoated the holy verse of the Koran, namely AL-Nisa. “As for the women on whose part you fear infidelity and bad behavior (nushuz), rebuke them, refuse to share the bed, and beat them.”

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