Zainah Anwar Oral History Content Summary (document)
About the Interviewee*
Zainah Anwar (Malaysia) is a leading feminist activist and intellectual. She is the Co-founder and former Executive Director of Sisters in Islam (SIS Forum) and the co-founder and Director of Musawah, a global movement for equality and justice in the Muslim family. SIS has been at the forefront of NGOs influencing amendments to Islamic Family Law. It has espoused equality and justice for women, discussed dress and modesty, the right to guardianship, women as judges, fundamental liberties in Islam, and apostasy and freedom of religion. The organization has exposed the diversity of interpretations of Islam through its research and discussions with local and international authorities.
Anwar writes a monthly column on politics, religion and women’s rights, called Sharing the Nation, in the Sunday Star, Malaysia. She is a former member of the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia. She was among Women Deliver’s 100 most inspiring people in 2011.
*This brief biography was recorded concurrently with the subject’s interview for the WLP Oral History Archive of the Global Women’s Movement.
About the WLP Oral History Project
The WLP Oral History Archive of the Global Women’s Movement preserves stories and lessons of women’s rights activists from Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and South America who have left their mark on the struggle for women’s advancement. We have collected dozens of oral histories from 25 countries, and the project is ongoing. Since 2014, WLP has collaborated with the Sound Archive of the British Library to host the repository.