Zainah Anwar

Anwar is the co-founder and Director of Musawah: A Global Movement for Equality and Justice in the Muslim Family. Prior to this, she founded and was Executive Director of Sisters in Islam, an organization committed to gender issues and increasing respect for women. She is a journalist who has contributed to the New Straits Times and The Star–the country’s two main newspapers–and has written a book about Islam in Malaysia. She addressed the World Economic Forum in Davos and delivered a keynote address titled Islam, Human Rights, and Activism at Harvard University. Newsweek and The Daily Beast named Anwar one of the 150 women “Who Shake the World.”

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