“Women are half the population and they raise the other half on their lap”

Date: Nov 2011

This is one of my cherished quotes from the Muslim Women Leaders on the Frontlines of Change, a fabulous conference in Istanbul a couple of weeks ago and which I was fortunate to attend. 180 Muslim women leaders, activists, scholars and NGO leaders from 45 countries congregated. We immersed ourselves in understanding the state, status and potential of Muslim women as change agents in their local communities around the world. The conference was organized by the American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA) by Daisy Khan for the Women’s Islamic Initiative for Spirituality and Equality (WISE). Kudos to Daisy for this timely and stimulating conference.