Gender Equity & Social Responsibility Initiative
In 2018, we surveyed over 100 local Muslim women from throughout Central Florida. The purpose of the survey was to assess what issues Muslim women are dealing with so that we may implement programs to address these needs and advance gender equity within our community. Not surprisingly, the issues Muslim women face are the same as those faced by women in different faith groups. Through our Gender Equity and Social Responsibility Initiative we hope to educate our community about the dignity granted to women in Islam, and change the culture and policies of Muslim institutions to make them more welcoming and inclusive to women and mindful of their needs.
Join our Gender Equity Committee to get involved in a task force to make a difference in your area of passion. We need lots of help and are planning on messaging campaigns, discussions, workshops, and other initiatives. All are welcome, just fill out the Committee Sign-up Form or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Gender Equity Committee Meetings held on the 2nd Wednesday of every month, at 7pm, in conjunction with “Real Talk” Discussions about issues relating to women.
Task forces include the following:
Violence Against Women Task Force - Meetings on the 3rd Monday of every month, at 7pm
Women’s Health Task Force - Meetings on the 1st Thursday of every month, at 7pm
Inclusive Spaces Task Force - Meetings to be determined
Mental Health Task Force - Meetings to be determined
Marriage and Family Task Force - Meetings to be determined
The Muslim Women’s Organization (MWO) is proud to announce that we will be launching a Gender Equity and Social Responsibility Initiative. As an organization that often challenges the status quo to empower women, the MWO’s vision of establishing a world in which every Muslim woman has the opportunity to lead in the service of humanity can only be fulfilled if we equip all women with the tools needed to transform lives without fear of being discriminated against due to any divisive bigotry that exists in today’s society.
Sexual harassment and domestic violence are a reality for women of all backgrounds, and women often find themselves with nowhere to turn. Women are excluded from full and equitable participation in institutions because of not only their gender, but also a multitude of other issues, including their religious ideology, race, social status, and even sexual orientation. They are left to deal with societal problems without the support, resources and dignity every human being was granted by their Creator.
The MWO has hired a Gender Equity Advancement Coordinator to determine the needs of the Muslim women in our community, and subsequently, create a Gender Equity Handbook with guidelines for establishing inclusive and socially responsible institutions. This handbook will focus on combating the most pressing issues affecting Muslim women, including misogyny, xenophobia, domestic violence, homophobia, sexual harassment, and advocating for inclusive spaces and representation in Muslim leadership. It would be used as a resource for leaders within Islamic institutions to be advocates for the most marginalized women in the community that are most in need of support.
This program was made possible by a grant from Contigo Fund, an initiative of Our Fund Foundation.
If you have questions or concerns about how women are, or should, be treated in Islam, Amany Shalaby, MWO's Gender Equity Advancement Coordinator, is available to answer your questions, to uplift and educate all women in the community and clear up misconceptions that exist. Submit questions using the form below.
You can also use the form to share your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions, or to find out how you can help by joining the fight for gender equity.
About Amany Shalaby
Amany graduated as an electric engineer from Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt. She obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Islamic Studies from Islamic College of Advancing Studies, London and obtained a Masters degree in Comparative Philosophy at Islamic College of Advancing Studies, Middlesex University, London. Amany worked as a translator of Islamic books. Currently, she serves as the Gender Equity Advancement Coordinator for the Muslim Women’s Organization. She also teaches Islamic studies at the University of Spiritual Healing and Sufism, and in various circles of the Shadhiliyya Sufi communities across the United States. She is a co-founder of Radiant Hands Inc., a non-profit organization that helps women in need in the Central Florida area. She is the author of “The Essence of Creation” and “The Emanation of Consciousness” and also has two published books for children: “Goha and His Donkey," and “Little Puffer Fish.” She is the mother of three children and lives in Montverde, Florida.