ISLAMIC GENDER EQUITY ADVOCATE AND ACTIVIST
I have a particular interest in working for and within Muslim communities advocating for rights and capacity building of women and children. In Islam, women are accorded many freedoms, among those are: freedom of education, freedom to own their own properties, freedom to hold onto their inheritance and a freedom to marry who they choose and to divorce. The point of me saying this is that Muslim women and communities need to be made aware of these rights within the Faith and be made aware of the social contexts of Islam that seek to prevent the fulfillment of these rights. Muslim women, like myself are very outspoken and active in raising awareness and campaigning to have these rights upheld in all social contexts. I am passionate to see the same rights be met for non-Muslim women as well. It is through education, better health outcomes, access to income generation, and family liaison/counselling; that would help to promote increased capacities of women and children in all development contexts.
I am passionate about countering the Secular Human Rights Based approach and Gender Mainstreaming Agenda of Development Aid frameworks, with the Islamic notion of ‘Equity’- a notion that understands fairness does not come from a competition between women and men in an effort to achieve Equality (sameness). Rather true empowerment for both women and men comes from programs that promote co-operation and that do not devalue the traditional gender roles of non-Western faith based societies, but rather encourage the appropriate expression of these gender roles.
I have completed a Master in Development Studies (refugees and displacement), UNSW and a Research Internship with the Center for Refugee Research, where I contributed to the Refugee Women at Risk Project and Report.
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– ZAHRA SUMMAYAH
SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF- FROM PROTEST TO ENGAGEMENT
SHEIKH HAMZA YUSUF SPEAKS ON THE SIN OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND THE RIGHT OF ANY WOMAN TO SEEK HELP FROM AUTHORITIES NO MATTER IF ISLAMIC OR SECULAR