The International Islamic Committee for Women and Child [See: http://www.iicwc.org/] has issued an appeal to all Muslim delegations who are participating in the 51st session of the Commission on the Status of Women, held by the United Nations, to have reservations about ideas that are incompatible with the Sharī‘ah and threaten the structure of the family unit and the nation’s identity.
The Islamic committee detected a number of critical points, with which they disagree, in the expert group’s report, which will be discussed at the official meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women which is being held from 26 February to 9 March 2007.
One of the points that the International Islamic Committee for Women and Child disagreed with was paragraph 115 of the expert group’s report which stated that it is the right of the girl child to determine when and how to become sexually active.
The report also recommended, in paragraphs 27, 82 and 130, that it is important to provide information on sexual health to girls in order to teach them about, so-called, safe sex. It also indicated that early marriage, when it occurs when the child is of an age that is "less than 18 years" is a form of violence against girls.
Paragraph 96 of the report indicated, under the title ’Girls Lesbians,’ guidelines for the preservation of the rights of homosexuals, the right of girls to determine their sexual identity, and of lesbians to express their views on homosexuality.
In paragraph 49, the report called for major efforts to change the beliefs and customs in states where religion is the mainstay of legislation because it restricts the opportunities for equality and increases violence.
The major disaster was paragraph 48, which considered that a strong emphasis on a girl’s virginity and fertility is an act of sexual suppression and a form of discrimination against the girl child.
Paragraph 50 of the report indicated that the inheritance laws of Islām are discriminatory and demanded full equality between women and men.
Finally, paragraph 76 stated that the employment of girls in their own households is the worst form of child labor and the report from the group of experts called upon the International Labor Organization [See: www.ilo.org] to internationally criminalize it.