Welcome to AMWA
Assalaam 'alaikum or peace be with you.
Established in 2010 this organisation represents the interests and concerns of Aussie women - those born here, converted to Islam, or who identify as much with Australia as their ancestral background.
Support for Muslim women is often limited to cultural associations and religious classes. There are many areas though where Muslim women may need advice, assistance or mentoring. Some of the areas that we hope to address are listed in the About Us section.
Contact us for information, check out our blog, or check our Facebook page and find out what issues and events are big for Muslims in Australia.
Understanding Australian Muslim Women
The demographics of Australian Muslim women has changed hugely over the past 3 decades.
30 years ago many had just arrived from civil war, politically troubled areas and were mostly cultural with little ability to speak English. They stayed within their cultural group, had difficulty coping with Australian culture and systems, and often married at a young age having large families in a low socio-economic environment.
Today, Australian Muslim women are often highly educated, literate and professional, aspiring to careers in every discipline and challenging not only their cultural backgrounds, but the interpretations of Islam that previously applied to them.
With more than 30,000 Muslim students graduating from accredited and registered Muslim schools around the nation, many are confident of their religious heritage, informed about Islam, and confident as Australians.
Australian Muslims are also innovative, leading new directions in art, fashion, law, journalism and business. Just 2 years ago the Word of the Year for the Macquarie Dictionary was the burqini - showcased above, which now sells internationally.
Muslim women are often the leaders in resolving issues affecting their community, taking a decisive role in reducing internal divisions and tackling the social issues that underlie negatively reported events.
The truth is, Australian Muslim women don't fit the stereotypical norm - they challenge it, while remaining true to the essential teachings of the Quran and their beloved Prophet Muhammad s.a.w.
* Halal Food - Can we trust it?
* Sydney protests re film
* The Wretched Video
* The Importance of Pre-Nuptual Agreements for Muslim women
* Legacy of Great Muslim Women Leaders
* Young, educated, beautiful, but still single!
Workshop on Pre-Nup contracts - Date: TBC
Sheikh Haisam Farache has kindly agreed to run a workshop on Pre-Nuptial contracts - what Muslim women (and possibly men?) should have agreed upon in writing prior to their marriage. This could include the woman's rights to work, study, be divorced if her husband takes another wife etc. Many women are unaware of their rights in this area so please come with your questions.
Keep an eye out on this space for the date confirmation. To express your interest in this area please email firstname.lastname@example.org