Inspire is a counter-extremism and human rights organisation which seeks to address inequalities facing British Muslim women. We empower women to challenge hatred, extremism and gender discrimination. By empowering women, Inspire aims to create positive social change resulting in a more democratic, peaceful and fairer Britain. Women are key to the development and prosperity of any society; Inspire believes that Muslim women are no different and are capable of being at the forefront of strengthening communities as well as tackling problems both within Britain and internationally.
We provide a number of different services including consultancy, training and development, publications, delivery of campaigns and the creation of local women’s networks. We manage projects on a local, national and international level focusing on empowering Muslim women, strengthening community cohesion, preventing all forms of extremism, enhancing gender equality and promoting human rights.
To learn more about Inspire watch our video here.
Saturday 22 March 2014, 13:31
Inspire are proud to be launching Honour My Voice with the support of the Everyday Sexism Project. Inspire believe your voice should be honoured, not silenced. Your experience should be listened to, not ignored. Discriminating against women because of gender is unacceptable. The time for speaking out, for challenging this misogyny, which is an affront to human decency, dignity and Islamic teachings is now.
Monday 16 December 2013, 13:30
An article featured in the Sunday Times on 15th December 2013 reports how Muslim women underwent enforced gender segregation at a university Islamic society seminar and how they were prevented from being able to ask questions verbally.
Recent blog posts:
Tuesday 24 December 2013, 12:47
If we want to combat extremism, we need to recognise that this is a battle of narratives centred around theology and by amplifying theological counter-narratives to extremist ideology we can help make their narrative redundant. Written for Huffington Post.
Tuesday 26 November 2013, 12:52
Universities UK’s approval of gender segregated seating results in less favourable treatment of women. Written for the Independent.
Pre-Launch Announcment: Honour My Voice
Honour My Voice and Inspire's new website will be launched at the end of March 2014
Inspire launches new campaign. Supported by the Everyday Sexism Project.
Honour My Voice aims to catalogue and to provide a platform to Muslims to air their daily experience of gender based discrimination and misogyny. Many Muslim women are able to live fulfilled lives freely as they choose, but there are also some who experience denial of rights within their communities and also in wider society. Often women are discouraged to speak out, in some misguided notion that they will bring shame on themselves, their family and community or even Islam. There is no honour in denying women their rights on the basis of gender and then also telling them to keep silent about it.
You can tweet us NOW @honourmyvoice
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Inspire’s Sara Khan will be on
- BBC Asian Network on 25th March 2014 from 11:00-12:00 discussing the purpose of Honour My Voice.
- BBC Woman’s Hour on 26th March 2014 from 10:00-11:00 taking part in a one hour special show on Women, Equality and Islam.