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 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.
WISE UP: With the help of over 60 Muslim contributors (academics, scholars, imams, activists and specialists), we completed the 370-page research and evidence-based report, called WISE Up, 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.
IMAM TRAINING PROGRAM ON WOMEN’S RIGHTS IN AFGHANISTAN: 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.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS CAMPAIGN IN PAKISTAN: 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.
ERADICATING FEMALE GENITAL CUTTING (FGC) IN EGYPT: 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.