The Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb, said that the status of women in pre-Islamic and post-Islamic civilizations was deplorable in terms of the disrespect shown to them.
Islam dignified women, and the Holy Qur’an and Sunnah of the Prophet have dedicated definitive texts that encourage honoring women and granting them rights that had previously been denied.
He added :Twenty-five years after revelation, the Prophet (pbuh) conveyed the divine revelation sent down to him, declaring that women were not subservient to men but rather “their equals.” He (pbuh) announced his immortal message: “Women are but the counterparts of men.” He (pbuh) maintained that “if I were to prefer any person to another, I would have preferred women”. Likewise, he proclaimed that killing female infants was a crime and that their killers were aberrant losers who would certainly suffer painful torment.
The Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb, said:the Prophet also put an end to chaotic divorce pronouncements, limiting them to two revocable ones. Accordingly, a third pronouncement makes divorce irrevocable. In this case, a woman could remarry that husband only after getting willingly married and then divorced by a different man. Moreover, he declared the woman’s right to choose her husband, to take inheritance, to receive education, and to have an independent financial personality, not to be trespassed by her husband. He also advocated women’s equality to men in other than the cases when equality entailed manifest injustice or immorality.