In September 2015,
a handful of Muslim women gathered in the offices of Pollen in the North Loop of Minneapolis. They began to share their experiences and their observations about female leadership, civic engagement, and community involvement. Muslim women were teachers, scholars, professionals, activists, philanthropists—doing the work but going unacknowledged. Coupled with anti-Muslim rhetoric and a rise in harassment and hate crimes targeting Muslim women, the need for a platform founded on sisterhood was clear.
AND SO ON THAT MORNING, REVIVING THE ISLAMIC SISTERHOOD FOR EMPOWERMENT WAS LAUNCHED.
We became determined to build a sisterhood and, through it, create sustainable change. As our network grew, it became apparent to us that many women were creating a positive impact in their communities but remaining unseen. No platform or space existed to showcase their work, help them grow and develop as leaders, or provide a seat at the table where decisions are made.
In order to address this lack of representation and the corresponding inequities that we observed, Reviving Sisterhood bridges the gap between faith and storytelling, leadership development, and advocacy. We have created a space—for Muslim women, by Muslim women—centering our voices and our lived experiences in order to impact change in our communities.