During and after the independence movement many more Muslim Women shed the purdah and became partners in the project to build a new India. They became writers, teachers, artists, scientists, lawyers, educators, political workers, trade unionists. A few became MP’s, MLA’s and some represented India in international fora. With a few exceptions, most of them have been forgotten in time. There was the myth that women’s struggles for rights are alien to those societies that embraced Islam.
Against this background, the Muslim Women’s Forum (MWF) is holding an Exhibition titled “Pathbreakers: The Twentieth Century Muslim Women of India”. Our aim is to develop an awareness of Muslim women who during and after the independence movement were at the forefront of nationalist and feminist discourse of the country. The main body of their work spanned from 1947 until the end of the century, and has remained largely invisible, unrecognized and unsung.
This event is being held with the support with of UN Women who believe Muslim Women in all their diversity are integral to the Sustainable Development Goals.