Women in Islam, Inc. was founded in 1992 by Sr. Aisha Al-Adawiya in direct response to atrocities perpetrated against Muslim women in the Rape Camps of Bosnia. These atrocities crystallized a critical need for a forum through which Muslim women could advocate on issues affecting the Islamic community generally, and women more specifically.
In 1995 the United Nations 4th World Conference on Women in Beijing, China provided an international forum for Women In Islam, Inc. to network with other women from around the world to identify, access and coordinate resources to advance the well being of all women. In 1999, we established a Justice Committee in response to the wanton shooting of Ahmadou Diallo. During the same year, the World Conference on Religion and Peace conference on Action for Common Living: The Role of Religion in the New Millennium in Amman, Jordan provided another international setting to advance our work. Since the early years, Women In Islam, Inc. has continued to participated in a range of local, national and international meetings to advance our work.
Started as a volunteer-run grassroots organization with programs responding to emerging community needs, Women in Islam Inc. is a non-profit 501c3 educational and advocacy organization.