#ImamsForShe is a global MPV-initiative launched in March 2015 to address misogynist interpretations of Islamic scripture and traditions that have led to human rights violations carried out in the name of Islam against women and girls and the sub-human status of women and girls across Muslim-majority countries and within Muslim communities in the West. In spirit of the recently launched #HeForShe campaign by UN Women, the initiative’s purpose is to support and provide solidarity for Imams, Muslim leaders and Islamic scholars who actively advocate for women’s rights, women’s empowerment and gender equality, labeled collectively as #ImamsForShe Champions.
The implementation of the #ImamsForShe initiative has been made possible through the generous support of the Wallace Global Fund.
Violence against women and girls in Muslim communities in the West and across Muslim-majority countries is an epidemic we are able to conquer by sensitizing minds of men and boys to respect and protect women and girls, and through educating global civil society in the compatibility between Islam and human rights.
MPV believes that Imams, Muslim leaders and Islamic scholars have a vital role to play in promoting gender equality in their khutbas (speeches), educational materials and interactions with the community on the ground, but that we also need to establish a safe space for discussion women’s rights in Islam and to give faith leaders practical ways to engage in a way that respects all human rights.
To unleash a global movement of individuals that identify themselves as #ImamsForShe who actively promote women’s rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment;
- To provide multiple international platforms for policy makers, academics, religious leaders, civil society, lay audience and UN officials to convene and discuss the empowerment of women in Islamic jurisprudence;
- To raise awareness globally about the responsibility Imams, Muslim leaders and Islamic scholars have to raise the status of women in their societies and the possibility to do so within the framework of Islam;
- To disseminate educational materials addressing women’s rights issues to civil society and religious leaders to be used in Muslim communities.