Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (Indian Muslim Women’s Movement), Founding Member
The first BMMA national convention was held in 2007, with 500 women who attended the convention. Networks grew in Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Lucknow, and so on. Within a few years, the group grew to almost 20,000 members, with chapters in 15 states. “We felt the desperate need for a Muslim women's voice at the national level,” said Soman. Soman saw deep-rooted discrimination against Muslim women in several places: within the Muslim community, within the Indian state, and globally. The BMMA is based on the values of the Indian Constitution as well as the Quran, both of which, Soman says, have given Muslim women equal rights. BMMA brings together Muslim women in India--from different areas and backgrounds--to address areas where religious and political leadership has failed.