In Council of Europe member States where Islam is not the
religion of the majority of the population, Muslim women face multiple
discrimination as women, as part of a religious minority and sometimes
for being of immigrant origin. They are often victims of stereotyping,
since their religious beliefs are seen as the only defining element
of their identity.
It is time to take a new approach since many Muslim women
want to be actors of change and empowerment. Rather than being isolated,
stigmatised or forced into a stereotype, Muslim women should be
encouraged in their quest for equal opportunities in society. Positive
measures should be introduced to make it possible for Muslim women
to be protagonists of their own empowerment. Investing in education,
encouraging networking and participation in civil and public life,
as well as accompanying them in their professional development are key
actions to raise Muslim’s women awareness of their rights and help
them realise their full potential.