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. In many places, personal bias against women’s equality or distorted religious interpretations lead to violations of women’s rights, adversely affecting the lives of women and girls.
WISE fills the much-needed gap of a Muslim women’s “pressure group.” It sets its own agenda by using an egalitarian framework that Muslims hold dear, so that, our work can penetrate deeper into the grassroots communities where sustainable social change is most needed. By utilizing core values of Islam as a rallying cry we seek to empower Muslim women to fully participate in their communities and nations, and to amplify their voices at all levels of political, economic, religious, and social discourse.
Religious values are a powerful force in social justice activism as witnessed in the American women’s suffrage movement and anti-slavery movement. In 2020, WISE will launch a new publication, WISE Up to Muslim Women’s Rights.
The Muslim Women – Know Your Rights toolkit will empower women and girls to advocate for their own right and to become effective women’s rights advocates within their communities. The Know Your Rights toolkit is aimed to: