Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2011
Center for Egyptian Women’s Legal Assistance (CEWLA Foundation)
This description of Azza Soliman's work was prepared when Azza Soliman was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2011.
Azza Soliman is advocating for a new religious discourse with a special focus on issues pertaining to women’s rights. Through the creation of a multi-sector forum, controversial fatwas on women’s issues are revised and reinterpreted to reflect changes in society’s needs and demands. Through the participation and involvement of women’s citizen organizations (COs) in the forum, women select the various legal, social, and religious issues that they would like revise. Azza is creating new readings and interpretations in Islamic fiqh (jurisprudence) that are compatible with the current social, economic, cultural, and political situation.
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