Inspirational Role Models 2: Influential Muslim Women

The ladies who attended valued the presentation of female Muslim role models and it evoked a great discussion on the experiences of sisters in the workplace based on their Muslim identities. The session felt important and the networking group valued for bringing together Muslim women to provide support and network within a comfortable group of sisters who genuinely understood.

Date: Saturday 8th July 2017

Time: 3-5pm

Location: Farringdon

This was a popular session during which we explored four different inspirational Muslim women. Our two historic examples included Khadijah (raa) and the Queen of Sheba. Both in their own way show how Muslim women can be leaders, business women, articulate, respected, all while maintaining their morals and empathy towards others.

The late Zaha Hadid and Ibtihaj Muhammad comprised our contemporary influential Muslim women. They both did groundbreaking work in their respective fields and as role models for future architects and sportswomen from the Muslim community.

This session was particularly important due to the nature of the way Muslim women are misrepresented by a wide variety of stakeholders from all sectors of society. It is time we stood up and raised our own voices as Muslim women. As Susan Carland rightly wrote in her piece for the Guardian online last year, “If you want to know about Muslim women’s rights, ask Muslim women”!

The ladies who attended valued the presentation of female Muslim role models and it evoked a great discussion on the experiences of sisters in the workplace based on their Muslim identities. The session felt important and the networking group valued for bringing together Muslim women to provide support and network within a comfortable group of sisters who genuinely understood.

Inspirational Role Models 1: Who inspires us and why?

The intimate nature of the group size enabled the session to turn into a focus group to identify potential topics to discuss at future events, the most appropriate time (i.e. after lunch to avoid rumbling stomachs!) and the format.

Date: Saturday 13th May 2017

Time: 12-2pm

Location: Farringdon

The theme of our second session was Inspirational Role Models: Who inspires us and why? The idea was to ensure that we are aware of the variety of fields and industries in which Muslim women have entered and are excelling in. It was a good opportunity to find out who our role models currently are and if we as Muslim women look up to other Muslim women as role models or if there are others in our lives whom we naturally adopt.

The intimate nature of the group size enabled the session to turn into a focus group to identify potential topics to discuss at future events, the most appropriate time (i.e. after lunch to avoid rumbling stomachs!) and the format.

It was a good point to test an introduction presentation laying the mission statement and vision for Pass the Mic Sis and the origins from where it all began. As a fledgling event series it was important to find out what the sisters would like to achieve and gain from attending the sessions to ensure a level of professionalism is maintained.

 

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Networking for Professional Muslim Women

The point of the session was to introduce ourselves to and meet other like-minded (or not) Professional Muslim Women and to provide a platform for support and networking. Many of us did not work with other Muslims, let alone Muslim women.

Date: Bank Holiday Monday 1st May 2017

Time: 12-2pm

Location: Canary Wharf

Our first event was a preliminary session to establish a group of sisters, identify the needs and introduce ourselves in regards our professional backgrounds and experiences.It was held within the offices of one of the attendees in Canary Wharf, 12-2pm.

One of the core concepts for formulating the group to ensure every attendee was given a voice through a timed elevator pitch in a pecha kucha (continuous non-stop) format. Each sister was given 3-minutes to say who she is, what she does and why she attended the session. The working name of the group at the time, formed via WhatsApp, was ‘Elevator Pitch Networking‘.

The point of the session was to introduce ourselves to and meet other like-minded (or not) Professional Muslim Women and to provide a platform for support and networking. Many of us did not work with other Muslims, let alone Muslim women.

The need arose from the very few networking groups in London for Professional Muslim Women. Many industry events tend to be held in the evenings, involve alcohol and social events not necessarily inline with our Islamic principles. Many of us found it very difficult to navigate ourselves during industry networking events due to cultural and social aspects of such meetups.

The session was successful as altogether 10 ladies turned up within the office of one of the attendees which amplified the professional nature of the networking event. What it conveyed was the variety of the fields within which Muslim women work. It helped identify the best time to meet and the idea of continuing discussions over lunch was much appreciated.

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