In 2016, Muslim Women For was started by three driven, African immigrant women who saw the need for a channel for Muslim women to implement the social justice and community service teachings of their faith.
These three women recognized that Muslim women and women of color like themselves often experience spaces (both Muslim and non-Muslim) that are dominantly led by cis men, where they are often sexualized, devalued, and silenced. In this moment, the vision of Muslim Women For was born. Inspired by the history, work, and resilience of Black, Brown, Muslim, and indigenous women, they decided to create their own space- a space of learning, love, healing, and sisterhood.
They worked throughout the summer of 2016 to develop a model of beliefs and
In 2017, Muslim Women For became an incubator program under the Light House Project which provided them with physical meeting space in Downtown Raleigh. To find out more about the Light House project, we invite you to explore their site. In 2021, The Light House moved to an office space in Cary, NC.
Today, Muslim Women For is a grassroots organization of diverse women leaders whose mission is to embody and be an effective voice of the Qur’anic ideals of human dignity, egalitarianism, compassion, and social justice. We are dedicated to working together to create transformative change by organizing locally and building power through direct service, community organizing, advocacy, and spiritual resistance. The work of Muslim Women For challenges the monolithic image of Muslim women that continues to contribute to gender-based Islamophobia and inter-community marginalization, and addresses issues that concern vulnerable communities like gender-based violence, anti-blackness, immigrant injustice, anti-Muslim bigotry, xenophobia, and violence against LGBTQIA+ persons.
Director of Development
Eiman (she/her) is a current graduate student working to get her Masters of Public Health from New York University. She also works as a Market Research Coordinator. at the Link Group. Her passion for social justice stems from her upbringing in North Carolina as a Somali-American woman, and it only grew through her work with the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants and Helping Hand for Relief and Development. In her freetime, she enjoys watching movies with her family, eating good with friends, and taking care of her plant babies.
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Director of Digital Strategy
Doha (she/her) is a compassionate health advocate and digital organizer who is deeply rooted in her identities as a Sudanese American, Black Muslim woman. She is an Ignite NC alum and a Re:Power Digital Organizing School graduate. She has served as a political education trainer for the Youth Organizing Institute Freedom School for high school youth in her hometown, Greensboro, NC. Currently, she facilitates the Southern Organizers Healing Collective, amongst other wellness initiatives for Muslim Women For. Doha is the moderator for PressOn’s Movement Journalism list-serv community.
Doha facilitates all things digital for Muslim Women For – from annual reporting to social media posts and strategy. Doha is obsessed with transitioning the ways we work to be more honest, equitable and compassionate. She believes in transformative relationship building and prides herself in developing digital content and data with integrity.
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Director of Policy and Programming
Lela (she/her) is a community builder who brings rich experiences in organizing and advocacy, with expertise in voting rights, immigrant rights, and reproductive justice. Her approach to organizing is deeply rooted in her experience as an Egyptian-American, Muslim woman living in NC, and her commitment to building power in Muslim communities.
Lela is the co-founder of Muslim Women For and currently serves as the Policy and Program Director, leading the advocacy and organizing efforts that support the organization’s vision and strategic goals. In all of her work, Lela aspires to create policy spaces that recognize and honor our communities.
Additionally, Lela serves as the Muslim Organizing Program Specialist at Planned Parenthood South Atlantic, working to center the sexual and reproductive rights and access for Muslim Americans across the state. She is a graduate of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, where she received her Master’s in International Development Policy and Middle East Studies.
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Maya (they/them) is an undergraduate student at Duke University majoring in International Comparative Studies, with a concentration in the Middle East. They seek a career in social work to support queer Muslims, QTIPOC environmental justice, and community renewable energy initiatives. Maya approaches social welfare as encompassing energy, technology, and the environment. They also hope to center queer Muslim joy and ways of being in every facet of their life.
Maya takes part in Duke-funded research on the energy-health nexus in the Middle East and climate-induced urban migration. As a Mellon Mays Fellow, they are pursuing an honors thesis on local renewable energy, community resistance, and imperialist humanitarianism in Morocco. Maya also advocated for QTIPOC environmental organizers when they attended COP26. They engaged in community work through their involvement with Westminster Free Clinic, leading a food insecurity project and serving as both a student manager and medical intern. At Duke, Maya is the Justice Director of the Undergraduate Environmental Union, a Jummah 4 All Contributor, and a staff writer for Juhood Magazine.
Fun fact: Maya is a huge Rina Sawayama fan– they got to see Rina live in Glasgow, Scotland! Maya is also a strong proponent of creating Spotify playlists by season.
2020 Electoral Community Organizers
Waad (she/her) is a Sudanese American artist/designer based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Her interest in community work stemmed from the age of 8 years old when she started the “Tsunami Relief Fundraiser” with a friend. As she grew older, she continued to fundraise but began to introduce her art as a means to do so. Waad’s involvement with Muslim Women For has taught her to advocate for causes she is passionate about such as food insecurity and housing injustice.
Sinthia (she/her) is a recent graduate from NC State University, currently interns for Chief Justice Cheri Beasley at the NC Supreme Court and works in Policy Research for Real Facts NC. She serves on the advisory (shura) board at the Islamic Center of Morrisville and loves working with Muslim youth and advocating for marginalized communities.
Haya (she/they) received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Guilford College. She is driven by her passion for liberation and by the love she has for her loved ones, including her dogs Oso and Toro. She plans to pursue becoming a therapist where she will work to destigmatize mental health in Arab and Muslim communities. In her time working with Muslim Women For, Haya hopes to encourage, motivate, and mobilize young people to vote in this upcoming election. She wants people to know that their voice is important and needs to be heard, so get out and vote!