The Muslim Council of Britain is urging mosques across the UK to recruit more women into trustee and managerial roles.
In an event marking International Women’s Day the MCB launched the “Women in Mosques Development Programme’, a six-month pilot training and mentoring programme designed to support talented upcoming female leaders navigate their way through the boardrooms of mosques and other third sector organisations.
The MBC says that while many mosques have diverse trustee and management boards, many also have few or no women involved in management. Moreover, research by the Charity Commission last year reveals that men outnumber women in all charity trustee boards in general by two to one.
Speaking at the event Harun Khan, MCB Secretary-General, said: “Whilst the under representation of women in mosque management has been acknowledged for some time, it’s time that more tangible action is taken to ensure women are given equal and fair access in all aspects of mosque life.”
Zara Mohammed, MCB Assistant Secretary General, added: “International Women’s Day has now become a reminder of the courage and great achievements of women in the past and present. As MCB we hope to continue supporting our communities to do just this.”
The “Women in Mosques Development Programme” will run between July and December 2018. Applicants can apply online by 30 April at www.mcb.org.uk/women-in-mosques
This pilot programme is one of a number of initiatives planned by the Muslim Council of Britain in 2018 and beyond to support capacity building of Muslim communities.