More than 100 Muslim women leaders will meet in New York City this weekend to address the current lack of women's participation in contemporary debates about the political, social and religious concerns of Muslim women in the global community. The Women's Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equity conference will bring together Muslim women from the U.S., Canada, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and South Asia.
The meeting is being organized by Global Fund grantee, The American Society for Muslim Advancement, and one of the key conference topics will be the possible creation of an international shura, or advisory council, to advocate the concerns of Muslim women around the world.
Daisy Khan, organizer of this week's conference, told Muslimwakeup.com that, "What you're seeing is the emergence of a feminist movement."
The conference will also feature the debut performance of 7Women 7Heavens: Portraits of Muslim Women, a new play by Kayhan Irani. Read more about the conference in the Chicago Tribune.