Britain’s leading organisation has established a strategy to educate women for leadership positions within public bodies and mosques.
Twenty women have embarked to the programme conducted from the Muslim Council of Britain, aimed at equipping them. Also as one third mentoring, the girls will see”best-practice mosques” and receive networking and public speaking instruction.
A conference in Manchester this weekend around the future of mosques will have a session to the involvement of women on boards of other bodies and trustees conducting areas of worship and community applications.
The MCB stated:”This lack of diversity is both improper and it’s crucial for the management boards of mosques and third sector organisations generally to reflect the communities they serve so as to work efficiently.”
The initiative comes as a few girls are requiring access to involvement in conducting mosques. Over a quarter of mosques in the united kingdom have no facilities for girls, and is limited and the distance is restricted.
In August, Scottish Muslim girls established a campaign for equivalent prayer space and addition in conclusion bodies.
The Scottish Mosques for All effort said:”It’s unfortunate that lots of mosques don’t provide fundamental access for Muslim girls to utilize the facility to plead, or the caliber of the distance may frequently be insufficient and not appropriate.
“It’s also unfortunate that lots of mosques have restricted or no women present at mosque trustee or managerial level, possibly intentionally preventing women from consuming these functions or not satisfactorily providing a relaxing atmosphere where girls feel comfortable to get involved. The location and function of women in mosques is in actual crisis in britain and elsewhereand this status quo must change”
The other organisation, Open My Mosque, is calling for a commitment from mosques to equality, along with also the Bradford-based Muslim Women’s Council is raising capital to get a mosque headed and dominated by girls,”according to the principles of openness, inclusivity, social justice and refuge”.
Andleen Razzaq, a former trustee of Al Manaar mosque in west London, who’s conducting the MCB’s girls in mosques development programme, said:”Muslim girls do amazing work locally, but often don’t have any experience of being trustees or on decision-making bodies. We must have conversations around the obstacles. Many are cultural; in Islam, women and men have equal religious status.
“We may see the direction things are going in. Girls are far more empowered — their voices can’t be ignored, the momentum is definitely there. Girls particularly are more hungry for change. If men will not welcome them, girls will probably be tempted to make their own spaces”
“A great deal of mosque committees do not know what women want or desire. However, I believe they understand times are changing, and they need to change also,” she explained.
At a speech on International Women’s Day in March, Harun Khan, the secretary general of the MCB, endorsed calls. It was”time to make sure everyone knows their particular responsibility in attaining equal access and opportunities for women and men in British society today”, he explained.
Referring to domestic violence, cover inequality, harassment and abuse, he explained:”Closer to home, why is Muslim civil society full of several mosques that just have prayer spaces for men and not one for ladies, like to indicate that prayer and a feeling of community is just for guys?”