Under political pressure from religious groups, Mali's President Amadou Toumani Toure has revised an oppressive family law making women legally obligated to obey their husbands.
The law had previously removed any mention of women obeying their husbands, increased the legal age of marriage and gave women greater rights in circumstances of divorce and inheritance.
However, an angry outburst from religious groups caused the president to severely limit women's rights, take away new rights and sign into law women's legal obligation to institutionalized marital slavery.
This is utter discrimination. The International Federation of Human Rights has said, "the modified text goes against the very principles of equal rights and non-discrimination."
Enacted solely from fear, the law is a terrible judgment that will fall on the backs of women, turning back women's rights throughout the country.
Tell President Amadou Toumani Toure to repeal oppressive family law!