WISE Conferences

2006 WISE’s Launch in New York

The gathering facilitated seminal discussions on the unique challenges facing Muslim women globally and developing concrete tools for realizing the vision of an Islamic expression of gender equality and justice. Collectively, these leaders assessed the needs of their specific constituencies, identified ways to expand their own work and developed recommendations for creating an effective global change movement.

2009 GLOBAL CONFERENCE IN KUALA, LUMPUR MALAYSIA

WISE held its second international conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from July 16 – 19, 2009.  Over 200 women from across the world participated in the conference entitled “Muslim Women: Building Institutions, Creating Change.”

Conference program:

The conference facilitated several types of information-exchange for participants, including the sharing of best practices; panel discussions and skill-building trainings on: 

  • Conference case study abstracts and PowerPoint presentations:
    • The Yemen Times Early Marriage Campaign: the Story of Nujood
    • Beliefnet: New Media & New Understanding of Muslim Dress Code
    • Achieving Prosperity & Dignity: From Economic Empowerment to Social Movement
    • Leveraging Corporate Social Responsibility for Women’s Progress
    • The Pakistani Marriage Contract: Filling in the Salient Clauses & Teaching Girls their Rights

Advancing Gender Equality in Muslim Mindanao: Training & Promoting Gender-Sensitive Religious Leaders to Affect Change

2011 GLOBAL CONFERENCE IN ISTANBUL, TURKEY

WISE 3rd global Conference, “WISE:  Muslim Women Leaders at the Frontlines of Change”, was held in Istanbul, Turkey from Friday, October 14 to Monday, October 17, 2011 in partnership with Turkish partner, the Turkish Women’s Cultural Association (“TURKKAD”)2. The conference highlighted the ways in which Muslim women leaders are affecting change by playing key roles in the areas of religious and spiritual leadership, political leadership, and civic and business leadership.

 

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WISE Launch

The 2006 launch of WISE represented an important turning point in the history of Muslim women’s activism and movement-building. It helped to inaugurate the WISE program as a leader in the global movement to improve the status of Muslim women.

2009 GLOBAL CONFERENCE IN KUALA, LUMPUR MALAYSIA

Building upon the excitement generated by the 2006 WISE conference and launch, WISE held its second international conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The conference was structured around the five WISE modules for creating change: Change through Communication, Change through Interpretation, Change through Philanthropy, Change through Collaboration and Change through Action.

2011 GLOBAL CONFERENCE IN ISTANBUL, TURKEY

The ASMA-WISE 3rd global Conference, “WISE: Muslim Women Leaders at the Frontlines of Change”, was held in Istanbul, Turkey from Friday, October 14 to Monday, October 17, 2011. The Conference specifically focused on religious & spiritual, political and business & civic leadership, with an emphasis on highlighting how Muslim women are shattering stereotypes by playing significant roles as key leaders in these areas.