The 3rd Khadija Conference 2014
The Khadija Conference is an international forum which aims to promote sustainable women empowerment and gender equality from an Islamic perspective. The conference focuses on past successful examples of Islamic societies and families. Each section of the conference aims to involve, influence and inspire participants to do something. It is about what we achieved in the past, where we are today and what are we aiming for in the future—for the individual Muslimaah, her family and the society at large.
The conference aims to reverse the significant decline in the Muslim women’s involvement in society, as well as the under-representation of women in the family, politics and religion. Using Khadija (r.a.) as an example, the main purpose of the conference is to promote the empowerment of women as being an indispensable part of a healthy and vibrant society.
The 1st International Khadija Conference in 2012 hosted domestic and international scholars, government officials, diplomats and organizations in an attempt to address the importance of women empowerment from a Muslim perspective. Held in Tollare Community College, 20 km in the south of Stockholm, speakers from Egypt, Tunisia, Malaysia, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Qatar and the Arab League converged with one common goal in mind: for two days, speakers and participants presented, debated, cooperated and collaborated for the betterment of women empowerment.
The 2nd International Khadija Conference 2013 took place on 7-8 June 2013, at the Kista Community College (Kista Folkögskola) in Kista, Stockholm. The theme for the Khadija Conference 2013 aimed to create awareness regarding the Muslim family, within and out-side of the family circle. Topics such as—what constitutes a family, the roles that each member of the family plays, and how can such a role contribute towards the active participation of the female family members in the society was the main point of departure for last year’s discourses.
The Khadija Conference 2013 was attended by 101 participants (including speakers). There were a total of 12 lectures, 6 workshops and 2 panel discussions in a span of 2 days. Included in the discussion are also aspects of localization and contextualization—the cultures and norms that can be found in Sweden and in Islam as well as what resources and opportunities that are present in the society for the Muslim family.
For this year’s Khadija Conference, the focus will be on the Muslim woman and her community.
Note: The conference will be held mainly in English. Interpretation to Arabic and Swedish will be provided.