A new book which aims to dispel myths and misconceptions associated with the role of women in Islam will be launched today by the Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs and Settlement Services, Laurie Ferguson.
The book titled “Did you Know? Refuting rigid interpretations concerning the position of women in Islam, and Muslims’ interactions with non-Muslims” was researched and developed by the Muslim Women’s National Network of Australia.
“While Australia is one of the world’s most successful culturally diverse countries, all Australians need to continue to step up to the challenges of living in a diverse society,” Mr Ferguson said.
“This book is an opportunity for Australians to learn about Islam and clarify the often misunderstood role women play within Islam. It not only aims to dispel myths and misconceptions but provides examples of the
significant roles that Muslim women play as nurturers, educators and leaders not just in the Muslim community, but in the broader Australian community.”
The research and development of the book was funded by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship’s (DIAC) National Action Plan to Build on Social Cohesion, Harmony and Security.
It will be widely distributed to schools, universities, public libraries, migrant resource centres, government departments and federal, state and local politicians.
“I hope that this book will inform its audiences and help to safeguard Australia’s tradition of acceptance, inclusion and fairness for all,” the parliamentary secretary said.
The publication will be available online at www.mwnna.org.au