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The Women’s Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equality (WISE) was established in 2006 as a faith-based global program, social network and grassroots social justice movement. In 2015, WISE became an independent organization and currently operates as a partner project under the Fund for the City of New York (FCNY), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. WISE’s application for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status is pending and expected to be approved by the end of 2016. WISE’s EIN is 81-0869779.
Vision: WISE envisions a world where all humans are equal, and women are empowered to realize their full potential in creating a peaceful, prosperous and just world.
Mission: WISE embraces the collective and individual responsibility of women to achieve equal rights, empowering them to exercise their abilities and talents in all areas of human activity.
Strategy: WISE addresses the pressing challenges facing the global Muslim community, particularly gender-based inequality, with our holistic four-pronged Change Theory:
- Collaboration – To foster a culture of support amongst Muslim women to collectively pursue social change. WISE’s global convenings and local forums unite diverse Muslim women and women of other faiths to promote solidarity, create long term strategic goals for women’s empowerment, facilitate knowledge-sharing, and provide skill-building to increase women’s abilities to fully realize their potential.
- Education – To provide research and evidence-based knowledge kits to increase the effectiveness of Muslim advocacy efforts. Projects such as WISE Up (WISE’s Global Muslim Women’s Shura Council’s position papers), use faith-based arguments to educate and enable women leaders to address human rights and societal issues.
- Communication – To amplify the voices of Muslim women at all levels of political, economic, religious, and social discourse. WISE’s online platform, http://www.wisemuslimwomen.org, showcases the positive contributions of Muslim women around the world, functions as an authoritative source and clearinghouse on Muslim women’s history, and publicize reliable information about an ethical and equitable Islam.
- Action – To facilitate action at the grassroots level. WISE’s global network of grassroots women uses a multi-pronged and culturally sensitive approach to incubate new and innovative projects, by training, mentoring, and convening activists, and supporting partners to address pressing issues.