A Few Female and Family Empowerment Initiatives You Can Help Out With This Ramadhan


Extend your help this Ramadhan. We at Muslim World Today have compiled a list of organizations that empower women, whether helping mothers and their families in war-torn Syria, providing services to survivors of domestic violence, to equipping young women with leadership and self-defence skills, among other projects. If you have recommendations of other organizations to help out with, leave your suggestions at our comments section below.


Founded in 2013, NuDay Syria delivers sustainable aid to single mothers and children in war-affected Syria.  The organization is a 501(c)(3) organization which means it is tax-exempted. The organization’s board is made up of almost entirely of women. NuDay was founded by Nada Alawa, a Syrian American living in New Hampshire. The organization runs around 10 projects, including orphan sponsorship, a milk drive (which sponsors milk for infants living in besieged areas in Syria), emergency relief, medical relief, delivery of water and wells, among other projects.

For more information on how you can donate and get involved with its projects, visit their website.

Arab American Family Services (AAFS)

AAFS is a non-profit social service agency founded in 2001 by Itedal Shalabi and Nareman Taha. It serves over 30 communities in the South Suburban Chicagoland area. Their programs focus on the areas of safety net case management as well as domestic violence prevention and intervention, elderly and disability assistance, cultural diversity training, mental health assistance, immigration services, community health and education programs and youth programs.  AAFS describes itself as  a non-political, non-religious organization that focuses on building respect and understanding between Arab-Americans and the mainstream-American culture.

For more information on how you can donate and get involved with its projects, visit their website.


HEART is an organization that aims to empower Muslim communities by improving sexual violence and improving sexual health literacy.  They aid survivors of sexual violence to get the healing, support and referrals they need. They also tackle other ‘taboo’ topics such as body image, depression, unhealthy relationships, and sexuality. They do this through health education, advocacy, research and training. They ensure that their work is culturally-sensitive and appropriate for the audiences that they serve and work from its core value of rahma (mercy). HEART’s co-founder Nadiah Mohajir has worked as a a consultant for the Office on Women’s Health at the US Department of Health and Human Services.

More information on their website.

The International Muslim Women’s Initiative for Self-Empowerment –WISE

WISE was founded in 2010 and has chapters across the US (New York, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., and Texas) and internationally (Spain, Scotland and Ireland).  It aims to empower young Muslim women to become leaders in their communities, and provides trainings on leadership, social entrepreneurship as well self-defence to combat violence. Their work has been featured in major international news outlets such as Elle, BBC and Al Jazeera.

More information can be found on its website.


Saheli is a community-based organization in Massachusetts, Boston which aims to empower South Asian women and their families to live safe and healthy lives. Founded in 1996, they help women and families from countries such as from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Their staff and volunteers speak languages such as Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Gujarati, Punjabi and others. Domestic abuse survivors are offered a variety of free services, and Saheli offers support to people across different religions, ethnicities, age groups, genders or sexual orientations. Among their services are financial aid, free computer and financial literacy classes as well as free counselling from trained social workers.  Saheli is a partner of the India Association of Greater Boston, a member of the Indian American Forum for Political Education (IAFPE), and the Indian Circle of Caring (ICC).

Visit their website.

Mohani Niza

Mohani Niza is the editor of Muslim World Today.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Muslim World Today.

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