SIS' Telenisa Book Launch "TELENISA: Statistics and Findings 2017"
Our longstanding partner, Sisters in Islam (SIS), has successfully launched their book on "TELENISA: Statistics and Findings 2017" on 8 March 2018 in Kuala Lumpur. In their continuous effort to advance the rights of Muslim women in Malaysia, SIS works within the framework of Islam, universal human rights principles, constitutional guarantees, as well as lived realities and experiences of women. The free legal service provided by Telenisa advises clients not only on Islamic Family Law but also responds to cases related to Syariah Criminal Offence Law in Malaysia.
Issues that affect Muslim women have consistently revolved around the handful of crucial topics namely domestic violence, maintenance issues, child custody, polygamy and divorces. In 2017 alone, SIS have recorded an increase in awareness among Muslim women with regards to these topics, at the same time, there are also increases filed under all these issues. This points to the aggravating fact that there is still a need for greater respect among Muslim men as to their responsibilities in the marriage institution. In 2017, Telenisa had a total of 709 clients with 560 people being new clients. This was an increase of 69.2% from 2016. As much as 606 clients (85.5%) were female and 95 clients (13.4%) were male. The surge of clients in 2017 can be attributed to the launch of Telenisa's Facebook Page, Telenisa's Mobile Legal Clinics and various awareness programmes and fairs participated by Telenisa.