The aim of this initiative is to make known the emerging movement of Muslim women in favour of gender equality and to seek greater coordination between Muslim women and the international feminist movement. It will take place in Barcelona - 27-29 October.
The Unholy Alliance between some progressives and the fundamentalists has sought to take advantage of state policies of multiculturalism and the painful realities of continuing racial discrimination to demand special rights for the ‘Muslim community ’. But these special rights inevitably involve anti-women practices and highly regressive interpretations of Islam. They also unquestioningly presume that all migrants from Muslim contexts identify as Muslim.
The UN has been a galvanizing force for women in the past two decades, facilitating their efforts to define a comprehensive global agenda for peace and human rights, gender equality and women's empowerment, poverty eradication and sustainable development.
WLUML will be participating in the next AWID forum, where up to 2,000 women’s rights leaders and activists from around the world will debate the urgent question, "How does change happen?" from October 27-30, 2005.