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Iran has the highest ratio of female to male undergraduates in the world, according to UNESCO. Females makes up about 65% of the student population.


Currently, there are two Muslim women heads of state:  President Atifete Jahjaga of Kosovo and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed of Bangladesh.


Previously, there have been six Muslim women heads of state:  Benazir Bhutto (Pakistan), Khaleda Zia (Bangladesh), Cissé Mariam Kaïdama Sidibé (Mali), Mame Madior Boye (Senegal), Tansu Ciller (Turkey), and Megawati Sukarnoputri (Indonesia).


According to a recent CBS News/New York Times poll, more than three in four Americans think it likely that Muslims, Arab Americans, and immigrants from the Middle East are unfairly targeted in the United States.

- CBS News

Nearly 18 percent of the world’s Muslims are expected to be living in sub-Saharan Africa by 2030. 

- Pew Research Center

In western Uganda, Muslim women are calling for a new HIV prevention program that targets the Muslim population and promotes condom use in addition to messages of fidelity and abstinence.

- AllAfrica.com

Women outnumber men among university graduates in Tunisia.

- The New York Times

Muslim women in the U.S. are as likely as their male counterparts to have earned a university degree or higher, and tend to earn the same as men, giving them the highest degree of economic gender parity of any religious group.


In Yemen—where 67% of women are illiterate, and women suffer the worst effects of food shortages and limited health care—the international face of the pro-change movement is female journalist and human rights activist Tawakkul Karman.

- OnIslam.Net

About two-thirds of individuals who convert to Islam at the London Central Mosque are women, most of whom are under the age of 30.

- The Times

After years of lobbying efforts by women’s rights activists and organizations, Bahrain adopted its first personal status law—which regulates family matters such as marriage, divorce, child custody, and inheritance – in May 2009.

- Freedom House Special Report 2010- Bahrain

Algerian women played a key role in the war for independence from France, which lasted from 1954 to 1962.

- Freedom House Special Report 2010- Algeria

Up to 40% of Saudi doctors are women.

- Global Education Digest 2009, UNESCO

13 Muslim Majority countries produce a higher percentage of women science graduates than the United States.

- Global Education Digest 2009, UNESCO

Women in Saudi Arabia now outnumber western women in worldwide university enrollment and graduation rates.

- Global Education Digest 2009, UNESCO