Leadership and Capacity Building Training for Muslim Women

MWF in collaboration with the Dalit Foundation has undertaken a project entitled ‘Leadership and Capacity Building for Muslim Women’. Through the project, MWF aims to identify and nurture Muslim girls across India who are already working on the ground with Muslim women.

These selected Fellows would represent Muslim Women’s Forum in their respective locations to represent us and hear out the marginalized women in their communities as well as build rapport with the women.

They will be given two months training at Dalit Shakti Kendra (DSK), Ahmedabad for building their capacities in the following areas:

  1. Health and Sanitation
  2. Socioeconomic political and analysis and understanding the historicity of Muslim women.
  3. Gender sensitization training
  4. Legal education on women-specific laws
  5. Communication skills
  6. Organising and public engagement
  7. Computer skill training and financial literacy training

DSK will also train these selected trainees for all-round personality development. Each one will select one vocational training course from the list of options provided such as:

  • Videography
  • Photography
  • Beautician,
  • Tailoring,
  • Mobile repairing,
  • Computer,
  • Electrician,
  • Police training,
  • Furniture, etc.

This will provide them with a lifelong skill to ensure that they are economically stable and independent in life. Stipends of Rs. 7000/- per month will also be given to all the trainees.

The Fellows would during their learning period build /mobilize their constituencies which would be Muslim women, men and young people from other vulnerable groups, organize them on issues of entitlements, link them with livelihood training being offered by Dalit Foundation, and other intervention. Thus building a cadre of grassroots leaders who are not staff of organizations but have their own livelihood ensured and take leadership of their communities. Thus these 12 would be expected to build collectively a 100 local community leaders.

These fellows would take the discourse on issues of Muslim women and engage on a more rational discourse. They would also provide the reality check to MWF both with data and narratives so that MWF can voice their concerns at the National Level