Yes, I believe that the Muslim women's group's attempt to overturn Sharia law is a sign of progress. The Islamic faith is plagued by a small number of extremists who enact and promote things like Sharia law. When activists, like a Muslim women's group, are able to voice their opposition to negative components of their religion, I think that is certainly progress.
Any sign that a religion is progressing to fit modern standards and culture is progress. This is especially true when women, who are more than 50% of the population, get more of a say in how they can participate in their faith. This is the same as women in the Catholic research.
Yes, the Muslim women's group attempt to overturn Shira Law is a sign of progress because it shows that they are willing to have a voice. By coming together and protesting an outdated law, it shows they are not scared and are willing to work as one strong unit to create change.
Yes, the Muslims women's group attempt to overturn Shira law is a sign of progress. This will be a slow and gradual process, however. Change like this cannot happen overnight. As we saw with the women's liberation movement in the US in the late 19th and early 20th century, this change takes time. For Muslim women, this is a sign of progress, but it is only the beginning.
Any religion that advocates a barbaric and conservative conception of their own law is never going to progress. The core of Islam itself is violent, advocating vicious attacks on non-believers.
I am not against Islam exclusively, there are other religions which have been more damaging. But Islam is incompatible with the modern world due to its views of non-believers, gays, women, and various other demographics it is violent towards. Sharia law is integral to, almost synonymous with, Islam. Any attempt to refute it is essentially refuting Islam and the religion, thus they are refuting their own religion