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In order to effectively combat gender-based discriminatory practices and de-legitimize destructive interpretations of Islam against women, the WISE program utilizes an approach that is multi-pronged and sensitive to particular contexts. By establishing a global network of regional chapters and in-country projects, it strives to facilitate action and implement its objectives at a local, grassroots level, while providing support from the global WISE community.
WISE chapters will serve as the locales for WISE’s in-country collaborative efforts, involving trainings, capacity-building and consultative activities, led by key leadership and women’s organizations. Currently, WISE is focusing on NGOs in Egypt, Pakistan and Afghanistan. WISE has already entered into a collaborative agreement with the Egyptian Society Development Association, a Cairene organization working to eradicate female genital cutting (FGC) through a two-pronged strategy: developing replacement economic activities, in order that the barbers who perform FGM do not lose income after they cease these activities; and providing religious trainings demonstrating that FGM is un-Qur’anic.