Mission: To advance the spiritual and intellectual development of Muslim women and empower them as dynamic participants in civil society and advocates for human rights and social justice.
About the Organization: Founded in 1992 in response to atrocities perpetrated against Muslim women in "rape camps" during the war in Bosnia, Women in Islam seeks to provide a forum through which Muslim women can advocate on issues that affect them and their community. Launched as a volunteer-run grassroots organization, the New York City-based group works to bring Muslim women's perspectives to public discourse on a range of critical issues.
Current Programs: The organization is active in building civil participation and interfaith collaboration through its work with other Muslim organizations, interfaith groups, elected officials, and the diplomatic community, while its activities in the area of advancing human dignity, human rights, and civil rights have included convening Human Rights Social Justice forums on topics such as health as a human right and ongoing humanitarian crises, as well as the Mosque Access Project, an effort to revitalize the mosque as a place of dignity for women. The organization also offers a Women's Islamic Studies Scholarship.
Programs in the area of celebrating and fostering women's leadership include the Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial Lecture and Award Ceremony, which honors women of all backgrounds and faiths who demonstrate an unwavering dedication to serving humanity, and the Muslim Women's Story Circle, a leadership development project that uses culture, art, and storytelling to build community among Muslim women of diverse backgrounds. The organization also works to provide public education about Islam and Muslim women through presentations at schools, interfaith groups, and in corporate settings.
Website: Visitors to the Women in Islam site can learn more about recent events and speaking engagements, browse a variety of resources, stay abreast of its work through its blog, and/or make a donation.
Funding: Women in Islam is funded by individuals and program service revenue.