The Nazda Alam Foundation for Muslim Women Civic Engagement & Leadership is an initiative to support Muslim women’s participation locally and globally in social and political processes. The mission of our foundation is to foster positive engagement to support the rights and privileges of Muslim women. The Nazda Alam Foundation also focuses on supporting Muslim women in their daily lives, providing resources to improve their social, economic, and political status, connecting them with the greater community, and helping Muslim women achieve leadership roles.
The Goals of the Nazda Alam Foundation are:
Islam is the world’s second-largest religion, with 1.8 billion followers worldwide. There are approximately 3 million Muslims in the United States and half of this group are women. Although they have different backgrounds, interests, and educational levels, Muslim women are united in their core beliefs.
In Massachusetts, Muslim women include homemakers, domestic and childcare workers, cashiers, small business owners, teachers, physicians, nurses, and research scientists. Despite this, Muslim women have too often given up their identity as independent women and allowed themselves to be identified as only Muslim by the population which is mainly Christian and Jewish.
Few Muslim women run for office. In addition, many Muslim women are not aware of the opportunities available to them, and are not involved in the political process. As a result, the impact of Muslim women in their communities, state and country is not yet as significant as it could be. So, when Muslim woman are subject to subtle and overt acts of prejudice in the MA, United Sates and the world, their stories are hidden– and they may not know how to get the support they need. The Nazda Alam Foundation will be developing and funding projects that will change this.