The Women’s Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equality was established in 2005 as a faith-based grassroots social justice movement. In 2015, WISE became an independent organization and currently operates as a partner project under the Fund for the City of New York (FCNY), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Since 2006, WISE has convened hundreds of Muslim women leaders from around the globe to build their capacity as leaders, equipping them with knowledge of their rights and enabling them to use their voice, pen, purse, and power to elevate the status of Muslim women and girls around the globe.
Vision: Muslim women leading the creation of a peaceful and prosperous world anchored in gender equality and human dignity.
Mission: WISE convenes and promotes solidarity among Muslim women leaders so they can collectively pursue social change. We amplify Muslim women voices at all levels of political, economic, religious, and social discourse. We provide faith based knowledge and toolkits to end injustices such as female genital mutilation, child marriage, domestic violence, and violent extremism.
Our Approach: WISE accomplishes our mission by collaborating across faith and gender lines, and in cooperation with both private and public secular institutions.
Strategy: WISE addresses the pressing challenges facing the global Muslim community, particularly gender-based inequality, with our holistic four-pronged Change Theory.
WISE delivers its programs through support from family foundations, and institutional and individual donors. Our innovative projects have been featured in major media, including CNN, the BBC, MSNBC, Huffington Post, The New York Times, and Time Magazine. The Clinton Global Initiative awarded WISE’s Imam Training Program in Afghanistan its “Commitment to Action” award.