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Malaysia Confab Empowers Muslim Women
Addressing daily challenges that face Muslim women, an international women conference would be held next June in Malaysia with a sole mission of empowering Muslim women.
“Being ME (Muslimah Empowered) brings together thousands of women from different walks of life, countless communities, diverse goals with one purpose – empowerment,” Mercy Mission Malaysia national manager Sajid Hussain said in a statement cited by The Star Online newspaper.
Organized by Mercy Mission Malaysia, Being ME (Muslimah Empowered) conference will be held at Putrajaya International Convention Centre on Saturday, June 14.
Themed “Darkness to Light”, the annual women’s conference will include lectures, discussions and workshops that aim to inspire and empower Muslim women.
“Being Me- Muslimah Empowered - is embarked upon a mission to give Muslimahs [Muslims women] an outlet to express the reality of their lifestyles, share accomplishments that benefit humanity and inspire others to do the same,” Mercy Mission wrote on its website.
“This conference aspires to provide growth as a community and individually, to celebrate successes, showcase achievements and to enlighten, encourage and empower every Muslimah.
“We bring forth the opportunity to explore the roles of Muslimahs, discuss the struggles of the changing environment related to their roles, as well as address the daily challenges that women face,” it added.
Along with lectures and workshops, the conference will host a Muslimah Awards ceremony, a bazaar and a Muslimah attire show.
Organizers are also planning to offer a series of men-only workshops that will be running simultaneously with the Being ME Conference, according to the event Facebook Page.
The Being ME Malaysia conference is not the first organized event to empower Muslim women.
Earlier in 2014, the third UK “Being-Me Sisters” conference was held in London and Manchester.
The first Being-Me sisters’ conference was launched by Mercy Mission in the UK three years ago.
The brand was so successful that it has spread around the world and there are Being-Me conferences now being held in Canada, Malaysia, Australia and this year, for the first time, in Paris, bringing sisters from walks of life together to celebrate their Muslim sisterhood.
Last December, Being Me conference opened its doors in Australia’s Sydney to provide various perspectives into a Muslim woman’s life.
At the one-day conference, attendants explored the roles of Muslim women, discussed the struggles of the changing environment, as well as addressed their daily challenges.
Islam came to affirm the dignity of women, their full human rights, their eligibility for high rank and status both in this world and in the hereafter.
The history of Islam testifies that when the teachings and principles of Islam were properly applied, women were fully empowered and thus wonderful women pioneers emerged, excelling in social work, knowledge, and activism.
Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was very kind and polite toward women. At a time when they were treated very badly, the Prophet gave women honor and dignity equal to men.
Muslim Malays form about 60 percent of Malaysia's 26-million population, while Christians make up around 9.1 percent.
Source: On Islam