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Happy International Women's Day!

"The most perfect of believers in belief are the best of them in character. The best of you are those who are the best to their women" 

- Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) (al-Tirmidhi 1/217)

Happy International Women's Day! On this day we celebrate the victories our sisters have won in the struggle for women's empowerment, but we also recognize that we - men and women - have a long way to go before gender equality and all women's rights are realized worldwide. 


In the coming two weeks, Muslims for Progressive Values (MPV) is partaking in the largest international women's rights conference of the year, the Commission on the Status of Women Session 59 (CSW59) at the United Nations in New York. Alongside other women's rights activists from all over the world, we will be discussing the progress made in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and opportunities for achieving gender equality in the Post-2015 Development Agenda. 

As a Muslim organization, we will be advocating for the promotion of women's rights as inherent to Islam and launching our #ImamsForShe Initiative. 


Read our Position Statement on Violence against Women and Girls.




#ImamsForShe is a MPV-led initiative to encourage and support Imams, Muslim leaders and Islamic scholars to promote and advocate for gender equality and women's empowerment through Qur'anic scripture and Islamic principles. We support Imams, Muslim leaders and Islamic scholars who are debunking patriarchal and misogynist interpretations of the Qur'an and the Hadith and who are leading Muslim communities to embrace gender parity, to be free from violence against women and girls and to empower women to reach their full potential.


You too?


Join us at CSW59!


We will be hosting:


Tuesday, March 10 - 10:30 AM

Boss Room, UN Church Center

First Avenue at 44th Street

New York, NY 10017


MPV's Ani Zonneveld will be speaking at the following events:


Panel: "Living Cooperation: Sexual and Religious Rights at the UN"

Organized by The Fellowship of Reconciliation and the City College of New York

Wednesday, March 11 - 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Boss Room, UN Church Center 

First Avenue at 44th Street

New York, NY 10017


Panel: "Every Woman, Every Right, Everyone is Responsible; The Time is Now"
Organized by the International Council of Jewish Women
Thursday, March 12 - 8:30 AM
Armenian Center, Guild Hall
630 2nd Avenue (at 35th street) 
New York, NY 10017

Join the conversation with us online! MPV will be tweeting with the following hashtags:

#CSW59 | #ImamsForShe | #MPVUNSeries
On behalf of the MPV Board, I would like to thank you for your support.


Ani Zonneveld
President and Founder of Muslims for Progressive Values

Muslims for Progressive Values 

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registered under ID # 26-1125983 in the USA.


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