Women’s Empowerment in Muslim Contexts (WEMC)

The Research Program Consortium on ‘Women’s Empowerment in Muslim Contexts: gender, poverty, and democratization from the inside out” (WEMC) was formed to address the question of how to achieve women’s empowerment in the fact of disempowering forces, old and new. The program focuses on four nodal countries – China, Indonesia, Pakistan, and Iran – as well as cross-border communities. WEMC facilitates at least six projects in Iran alone on women’s empowerment, including on the women’s movement that works to prohibit stoning. They also publish innovative policy-minded research on culturally justified violence against women in other contexts.