Muslim women host special event in Milton Keynes to promote inclusion and empowerment for females

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Women’s Association in Milton Keynes hosted a special Women’s Interfaith event to mark International Women’s Day. The event brought together women from different faiths and organizations to celebrates inclusion and empowerment. Guest speakers, including Frances Gordon from Milton Keynes and District Reform Synagogue, Nudrat Hopper from St. Frideswide’s Church Water Eaton, Neelam Shiraz from Thames Valley Police, Cllr Emily Darlington, and a representative from MK Act, the Local Domestic Abuse Intervention Service, shared profound insights into their personal and professional journeys towards fostering inclusivity for women in society.

Each speaker highlighted the positive transformations they’ve witnessed and actively contributed to, stressing the ongoing importance of collective efforts to enhance inclusivity for women. A highlight of the event was the keynote address delivered by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Women’s Association, shedding light on feminism in the modern world and Islam’s longstanding elevation of women’s status. They also delved into the history of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Women’s Association, also known as Lajna Ima’illah, established in 1922. This organization, an auxiliary of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, aims to empower women and provide them with opportunities to contribute positively to society.

Marya Ahmad, the Outreach secretary for the Association, thanked those present and acknowledged the valuable insights shared by the speakers, showcasing the diverse approaches to promoting inclusivity among women in society. The event also featured an exhibition showcasing the achievements of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Women’s Association, both in Milton Keynes and across the UK. This exhibition highlighted the impactful contributions made by women within the association, further demonstrating their commitment to empowerment and inclusivity. The event was attended by over 60 people.

President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Women’s Association, Wjeeha Jawad Butt, said: “Today, we’ve experienced the strength of unity, the richness of diversity, and the bonds of sisterhood transcending faiths and communities. As we commemorate International Women’s Day under the banner of ‘Inspire Inclusion’, let us renew our pledge to forge pathways of understanding and collaboration, bridging divides and nurturing a world where every woman feels empowered, esteemed, and embraced, irrespective of her origins or beliefs.”