The ASMA-WISE 3rd global Conference, “WISE: Muslim Women Leaders at the Frontlines of Change,” was held in Istanbul, Turkey from Friday, October 14 to Monday, October 17, 2011. More than 180 Muslim women from 45 countries, which include Egypt, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Libya, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia, attended panels on Muslim women’s leadership. The Conference specifically focused on religious & spiritual, political and business & civic leadership, with an emphasis on highlighting how Muslim women are shattering stereotypes by playing significant roles as key leaders in these areas.
The WISE Muslim Women’s Web Portal is the first-of-its-kind, educational and cultural Website offering information and resources for and about Muslim women. In July 2009 WISE launched the WISE Portal in its initial phase at the WISE Conference in Kuala Lumpur. Since then, many features have been added to the Website and sections have been revamped.
WISE approaches change holistically, addressing the many interrelated factors contributing to gender-based inequality, and conducts a variety of activities, including annual conferences, the WISE Muslim Women’s Web Portal, and in-country collaborative projects.
The Women’s Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equality (WISE) is a global program, social network, and grassroots social justice movement led by Muslim women. WISE is dedicated to empowering Muslim women to fully participate in their communities and nations and amplifying their collective voices.
The Women’s Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equality’s (WISE) second global conference, Muslim Women: Building Institutions, Creating Change, brought together 215 women from 42 countries from July 16 to 19, 2009 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The conference focused on mobilizing Muslim women for social justice especially concerning issues of gender-based inequality.