Play Your Part – Make Your Mark, Muslim Women and Politics

09Mar09

The National Muslim Women’s Advisory group was formed in 2007 by the community and local goernment and is led by 19 Muslim women from across the country who represent a wide range of concerns in Muslim women’s lives.

The Muslim Women’s Advisory Group are an independent and informal group who meet several times a year who advise on issues regarding the empowering of Muslim women and aiming to increase their participation in civic, economic and social life.

The Muslim Women’s Advisory group have today kicked off a project to get more Muslim Women’ involved in politics.

There are at least 800,000 Muslim women living in Britain today but they are under-represented in positions of influence in British civic society including roles such as school governors and local councillors.

The project ‘Play Your Part – Make Your Mark’ will work with women that are already starting to get involved in public life in order to give them the extra support that they need to progress as far as possible; and it will also work with women who have not yet put themselves into the public sphere but who want to do so.

The project will involve:

* A residential weekend at a leading UK university which will focus on developing networking and communication skills and giving the participants the opportunity to meet with a range of existing mentors and role models such as established magistrates, councillors, school governors and public appointment recruitment specialists

* Two follow up one day programmes. The first will specialise in the finer skills of power and influence, pace and timing, leadership and teamwork, adapting to new environments, knowing your strengths, broadening your vision, courage and caution and preparing to lead change. The second day will develop public speaking skills such as negotiation and debating.

Applications are open until March 23rd, you’ll find the application form and FAQ sheet to download at the Local Leadership website.

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