Paradise Lost: A Case for Gender Justice in Maldives

This talk will focus primarily on the controversial issue of religious extremism and the impact of that on affording justice to women. It will concentrate on the image of the Maldives as a paradise on earth and how much of a fallacy that is for the vulnerable groups in Maldives, particularly women and girls. It will also take into account a case study of a 15 year old girl who was sentenced to flogged by the Court.

Ahmed Tholal is currently a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow at the University of Minnesota Law School. He received his B.AS. in Cultural Heritage Management and Creative Writing at the University of Canberra. He served as the Vice President of the Human Rights Commission of the Maldives from 2010-2015.