WISE programs utilize an approach that is multi-pronged and sensitive to particular contexts. By establishing a network of in-country collaborative projects, it strives to facilitate action and implement its objectives at a local, grassroots level, while providing support from the global WISE community.
The hate-filled narrative of white supremacists continues to infect the public discourse, provides fodder for division, and leaves the majority without the necessary tools to stop polarization from taking root. If we do not act, the white supremacist groups will spread their hate with an aim to divide communities.
Gender-based inequality is a global phenomenon that transcends culture, religion, and income. Although Muslim women’s lives are influenced by a complex interaction of religious, cultural, social, economic, and political factors, religion wields a disproportionately large impact on each of these other factors.
WISE UP Knowledge Ends Extremism is aimed at fighting Islamophobia and extremism with experience, knowledge and good judgment, and to show that the American Muslim community is collectively speaking out against all forms of hate, including Islamophobia and terrorism.
From 2008 to 2010, WISE collaborated with a local partner organization dedicated to raising awareness about discrimination against women, in an effort to reduce the number of FGC cases in the Dair El Nahia region of Giza, Egypt.
In order to address the promotion of women’s rights in Afghanistan, WISE collaborated with the Noor Educational and Capacity Development Organization (NECDO), a non-governmental development organization dedicated to helping women and children in need.
In 2009, WISE collaborated with Bedari, a women’s rights organization based in Islamabad, on a domestic violence awareness campaign in district Jhelum, an impoverished region of Punjab, Pakistan. Impetus for the project came after a bill against domestic violence passed in late 2009 by the National Assembly of Pakistan but which later lapsed in the Senate.