Muslim women’s rights emphasised at Manchester International Women’s Day event
- Women in Islam will be celebrated at an event in Hulme on Saturday
- The event is organised by Ahmadiyya Muslim Women’s Association in honour of International Women’s Day
- There will be a particular focus on the importance of women’s health
Muslim women’s rights will be celebrated at an event at Darul Aman Mosque in Hulme on Saturday, challenging misconceptions about women’s rights in Islam.
Organisers Ahmadiyya Muslim Women’s Association, say the belated International Women’s Day event will pay particular attention to women’s health with stalls held by Macmillan Cancer Support and Manchester Met’s nursing students.
There will also be an exhibition on the rights of women in Islam.
Empowering Muslim women
The event comes as the Ahmadiyya Muslim Women’s Association (AMWA) formally called Lajna Ima’illah UK celebrates its 100th anniversary.
The group has been in action since 1922 and aims to encourage sisterhood, unity and spiritual development in Muslim women. They hope to challenge common misconceptions that women are suppressed in Islam.
AMWA now have more than 10,000 members in the UK alone.
Embracing women’s rights through charity
AMWA outreach volunteer, Naeema Kaleem, said: “Our purpose is to integrate in society in the form of outreach work and working with local communities to raise awareness or fundraise for charity.
“Islam gave Muslim women rights 1600 years ago, which we fully embrace and demonstrate, and love to be involved in International Women’s Day.
“This year our International Women’s Day event will also be incorporating our Centenary on 18th March at the Women’s Health and Wellbeing event which will welcome charities and organisations highlighting women’s health as well as having plenty of food and fun for children.”
She said: “It’s an event that has women in mind, run by women for women.”
The free event will take place on Saturday (18th March) from 2-5pm in Darul Aman Mosque, Hulme and is open to anyone who identifies as a woman.