What can you do? Well Spud the bonds are already severed and more women must get into politics and law.
It's happening here in the UK and now are part of the system here that has changed attitudes, they have little now to fulfil to complete the Emily Pankhurst's revolt that shaped an idea of women for our time; she shook society into a new pattern from which there could be no going back.
Going back to your original question Spud I think the same could be done there.
Looking at the situation one only has to see that most churches are filled by women, so why must man dictate who the clergy must be?
Women have the ability to change things, so why haven't they?
It goes back to what I said earlier, attitudes, but this time biblical "interpretation" has to be re-assessed and there are enough women out there to stand up to be counted. No going through the back door that occurs today.
No, their rightful place even if it means non-attendance, women must enforce their position, a "Emily Pankhurst" revolt.
Women must insist that they that play a leading role in the running of their beliefs and not wait for the "white smoke" to billow from the mans encampment.
As far as your friend is concerned the women in hers and other countries have been ignored or suppressed by law, local custom, and behavior in their particular society.
The Sharia Law have been pushed forward because women there are starting to attain their stand in society.
Those women must stand together, get themselves educated in some manner or form to take their proper place in society and not allow antiquated religious laws to dictate their lives.
It will be a long road but if they realise what great power they have it will make their fight a lot easier.
Laws are made to suppress, emancipation frees, education is the tool, somehow they must find a way out of this ridiculous situation that has been allowed to go on in the so-called name of God.