Alexandria, Va. Today on International Women’s Day, Islamic Relief USA recognizes the incredible contribution that women have made in the humanitarian sector around the world in development, emergencies, conflicts and disasters.
The organization is amazed by the achievements and bravery of Islamic Relief’s staff and women across the humanitarian sector in countless NGOs and other entities around the world.
It is estimated that more than 40% of the estimated 500,000 humanitarian workers who provide frontline care during emergencies, wars, and disasters are women. Many female staff at Islamic Relief’s various offices around the globe are leading projects around the world.
Women like Ella Nurhayati, a passionate climate champion for Islamic Relief in Indonesia; Milgo Keinan, an FGM survivor from Kenya who now works as a gender protection officer for Somalia; and Rifhat Malik in the United Kingdom, who leads partner organization Give a Gift and works tirelessly with Islamic Relief to provide food and essential items to vulnerable people in Leeds.
Islamic Relief is also urging people to recognize the true face of Islam and women and to ignore stereotypes, cultural misunderstandings, and myths regarding the faith.
The organization supports a number of projects to empower women as well as stopping violence against women and eliminating practices such as female genital mutilation which are completely against Islam.
Islamic Relief is committed to the sustainable development goals that focus on women and equality. This includes ending all forms of discrimination against women and girls everywhere, ending all harmful practices, such as child, early, and forced marriage, and ensuring women have full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic, and public life.
Syed M. Hassan
(571) 421-7032 (CELL)
Islamic Relief USA, based in Alexandria, Va., is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) humanitarian organization. Its mission is to provide relief and development in a dignified manner regardless of gender, race, or religion, and works to empower individuals in their communities and give them a voice in the world. Its programs benefit millions of people each year in more than 40 countries around the world, including in the United States.
Islamic Relief USA meets all of the Standards for Charity Accountability of the BBB Wise Giving Alliance, a national charity monitoring group affiliated with the Better Business Bureau system. Islamic Relief USA is on the U.S. government’s Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) charity list, and it is also a signatory to the code of conduct of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.