Doctor and Spokesperson and Past President of the Muslim Women's League (MWL)
Hijri 1382-Present (AH); Common Era 1962-Present (CE)
Laila Al-Marayati is a doctor and the spokesperson and past president of the Muslim Women's League (MWL), a Los Angeles-based organization dedicated to disseminating accurate information about Islam and women and strengthening the role of Muslim women in society. Laila has written articles and participated in numerous conferences addressing issues of concern to Muslim women; topics include basic women's rights in Islam, reproductive health and sexuality, stereotyping, and violence against women. In addition, Laila spearheaded the MWL's efforts on behalf of rape survivors from the war in Bosnia in 1993 and was a member of the official US Delegation to the UN Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995. She has also participated in numerous activities related to international religious freedom. She served as a Presidential appointee to the Commission on International Religious Freedom from 1999 to May, 2001. Prior to that, she was a member of the State Department Advisory Committee on Religious Freedom Abroad. She has testified before Congress and as part of the US delegation to the OSCE Human Dimensions meeting in Poland regarding religious intolerance against Muslims in Europe. As an American of Palestinian descent, Laila frequently speaks about the rights of Palestinians. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of KinderUSA, a newly formed charity whose primary focus at this time is on addressing the health and educational needs of Palestinian children living in the West Bank and Gaza.