“We have given dignity to the children of Adam.”
-The Noble Qur’an, 17:70
KARAMAH, Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights, is a U.S.-based non profit organization that derives its name from the Arabic term “karamah”, which means dignity. KARAMAH’s vision and mission are informed by the view that a just society values the informed participation of its members through the pursuit of knowledge, access to opportunities, and equity among all “children of Adam”, regardless of gender or other differences. Through education, legal outreach, and advocacy, KARAMAH contributes to the understanding and promotion of human rights worldwide, particularly the rights of Muslim women under Islamic and civil law.
Dignity for All
KARAMAH envisions a world in which all human beings, regardless of gender or other differences, enjoy their God-given right of dignity. We believe that through education, women will be empowered to transform archaic, culture-based interpretations of women’s status in Islam, to the betterment of themselves and their communities.
KARAMAH believes that a rich education is the steadiest path to eradicating ignorance and prejudice, which are major factors in denying people their dignity and liberty.
KARAMAH’s primary mission is to educate both Muslims and non-Muslims about the just, gender equitable foundation of Islam. In particular, KARAMAH’s mission is to provide the community with Islamic jurisprudence that emphasizes gender equity and encourages intellectual growth, conflict resolution and leadership development. We couple this education with advocacy and legal representation that promote our core value: that dignity is God-given.