A new organization calling itself the Obedient Wives Club has gained traction in Muslim majority states, with chapters in Jordan, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. In Malaysia, the chapter’s founders count themselves among the members of Global Ikhwan, a group that promotes traditionalist interpretations of Islam that include the practice of polygamy. Supporters of the club attribute a rise in Malaysia’s divorce rates to the failure of women to be good wives. According to chapter founder Dr. Rohayah Mohamed, “…a good wife must be a sex worker to her husband.”
The club has met with opposition from women’s groups like Malaysia’s Sisters in Islam. For more information, click here for an editorial from Altmuslimah. The Reuters report is available here and contains further information about the mission of Global Ikhwan.