April 2, 2022
The Islamic Women’s Council of New Zealand (IWCNZ) launched its first crowdfunding campaign on March 31, 2022, with a video explaining its needs and aspirations.
The campaign is scheduled to be run during the Holy Month of Ramadan
The aim is to obtain the financial support needed to effectively run sustainable programming and leadership development for Muslim women.
The Council’s National Coordinator Aliya Danzeisen said that while many are familiar with the Council’s public advocacy, its core business includes community development and creating opportunities to help Muslim women flourish within their families, communities, and the country.
“IWCNZ serves as the national voice for more than 30,000 Muslim women and we have been working tirelessly for several years to address the challenges placed on our community. New Zealanders have regularly asked us how they can help. The campaign offers a practical solution that will have long-term impact,” she said.
Donations to IWCNZ through its Givealittle page will go towards programming and leadership opportunities for Muslim women in New Zealand.
“We are taught that those who give in charity will see the benefits multiplied. Through this campaign, we are asking everyone to help us stand strong and steadfast as Muslim women in New Zealand,” Ms Danzeisen said.
From Givealittle Page
The Islamic Women’s Council of New Zealand (IWCNZ) stand alongside the Muslimah of our country, supporting them to effectively navigate life’s personal and professional challenges, to feel comfortable in their identity as strong and steadfast Muslim women.
While some may be familiar with our social justice advocacy, both before and since the Christchurch terrorist attacks; our core business remains community development and creating opportunities so Muslim females can flourish within their families, communities and Aotearoa.
Starting with only 150 Muslimah over 30 years ago, IWCNZ is now the national voice for more than 30,000. The demands on IWCNZ have increased as our community has grown.
We ask that you join us on the journey forward and contribute to IWCNZ. We aspire to raise $50,000 at the outset; but long-range, our funding goals are significantly higher as we wish to (a) provide sustainable programming and develop leadership opportunities (b) employ youth workers, counsellors and social workers (c) offer Muslimah throughout New Zealand safe venues for learning and skill development
As a gift, we share the educational resources we produced with the Ministry of Education including five children’s storybooks, posters of New Zealand Muslim Women and a resource booklet.