The NZ Herald has a Q&A on Islam. This is a good thing but I think they sugar coat it too much with this piece:
Q: Are women equal in Islam?
ZA: Yes, in principle they are equal. It is clearly mentioned in the Koran that men and women are created equally. There are differences in equality, especially in inheritance … a woman always has someone to finance her lifestyle – a father, a husband – that’s why inheritance will be two parts to the male and one share to the female.
So women are equal, but different! When have we heard that before. And saying that it is fine for woman to get less inheritance because a husband or father will look after her is not exactly what I regard as equal.