The Islamic Women’s Welfare Association would like to clarify certain statements being reported in the media.
“At IWWA we assist women from all over the world, many of them from war-torn countries, like Somalia and Iraq,” President of IWWA, Abla Kadous said.
“In addition, we assist women who have sometimes been subject to treatment inconsistent with Islam’s teachings. We’ve seen many of these women go on to contribute positively to Australian society through work, social activism, assisting the poor and educating their children.”
“As part of their healing process from the scars of war and ill treatment, we believed, and continue to believe, that for some women, in extenuating circumstances, returning home in urgent situations, is important. In a discussion of potential enhancements to multiculturalism, we thought that government facilitating this was an important option to explore, especially with appropriate policy safeguards.”
“We continue to believe that assistance for the healing process for all migrants -- men and women, Muslim and non-Muslim, is a proposal that should be considered as part of the Inquiry’s process.“
“It is unfortunate that this reasoned suggestion, amongst others including cultivating an environment of tolerance, is being used by some in the media and political realms to further a bigoted agenda.”
Islamic Women’s Welfare Association
The Islamic Women’s Welfare Association was officially established in 2001 to meet the Islamic needs of the Muslim women of multicultural backgrounds within the Muslim community in Sydney.
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