What is Nisa-Nashim?
Nisa–Nashim is a national network which brings together Jewish and Muslim women to inspire and lead social change. We create positive experiences for, and understanding about, women from different backgrounds – particularly Jews and Muslims.
Since its inception, Nisa-Nashim has established 24 groups of women across the UK, each co-chaired by a Jewish and Muslim woman, 90% of whom we introduce to one another. Each group is committed to building bridges and to helping tackle the local and broader issues of today. Groups are based on location and/or special interest, with an average of 30 members. As a starting point many groups deliver social action projects whilst building their personal friendships, and continuing their shared leadership journeys.
How we support our groups
We focus on similarities rather than differences – indeed both communities share the challenges of historical immigration, weaknesses in women’s empowerment, prejudice from outside, and minority status.
Nisa-Nashim provides monthly programming platforms, and we support the Muslim/Jewish co-chair team in each group. Events have included Iftars at Ramadan, Rosh Hashana celebrations, visits to Mosques and Synagogues, and days of social action, moving on, now, to issues of Antisemitism and anti-Muslim Hatred.