On Saturday 22nd December 2012, the Central Media Office of Hizb ut Tahrir in coordination with Hizb ut Tahrir Indonesia will be hosting a momentous International Women's Conference in Jakarta, Indonesia entitled, "The Khilafah: Protecting Women from Poverty and Enslavement." It will gather speakers and an audience of 1500 influential women from across the world to address the causes of the deplorable state of poverty and economic exploitation facing women in the Muslim world and globally, as well as present the Khilafah system as the model of governance that can solve this crippling problem affecting women worldwide. It will be the culmination of a global campaign on the issue that Hizb ut Tahrir has been engaged in over the last few weeks.
Dr. Nazreen Nawaz, the Women's Representative of the Central Media Office of Hizb ut Tahrir commented, "Across the Muslim world today, millions of women are fighting a daily battle for financial survival. Desperate poverty has forced many to seek employment abroad, often facing in the process severe abuse. Others have been driven to work in jobs under slave-like conditions to feed themselves and their families, or left to beg on the streets. This is manufactured poverty. These women are victims of corrupt incompetent governments of the Muslim world who have built their personal fortunes from the wealth of the Muslim lands, and they are victims of the flawed and oppressive Capitalist system that these leaderships implement and promote within their states."
"This toxic Capitalist system, based upon the free-market economy and interest-based model of finance has generated mass inequality in wealth, pushing women globally into poverty and economic enslavement, including millions living within Western states as well as those countries celebrating high economic growth such as China, India, Turkey, and Brazil. In the Muslim world, capitalist colonial policies imposed upon the region by Western states through globalisation, free-market liberalization, and loans from bodies such as the IMF and World Bank have manipulated the economies of the Muslim lands to serve the interests of foreign governments and corporations while impoverishing the masses, destroying local markets, and robbing the people of their wealth and resources."
"Alongside this, the exploitative, materialistic capitalist ideology that places wealth creation above all other values in life has correlated women's empowerment to employment, devaluing motherhood, and eroding the concept of male and state maintenance of women – all in an attempt to drive women into the workplace. This has generated an intense social pressure for women to seek employment to feel valued, and to adopt the oppressive role of being both bread-winner and home-maker, causing them to compromise their vital role as nurturers and educators of the future generation. This system has dehumanized women to nothing but economic commodities that bring financial benefit to their state, and left many uncared for with no-one to provide for them and their children."
"This momentous conference will gather women from across the world to present the Khilafah as the only model of governance that can put an end to this deplorable state of financial hardship and exploitation. It will highlight how this is a system that places securing human need over financial gain and views women as dignified human beings to be always provided for and protected by their male relatives or by the state, and not as objects of wealth creation, while at the same time permitting them to pursue a career if they choose. It will also present the unique and sound Islamic economic policies of the Khilafah that have a time-tested approach to tackling poverty and providing financial security. This will be a state to which women globally can truly look to as a model by which to protect them from poverty and exploitation. We call all women who seek a true solution to economic oppression and enslavement to attend this important conference."
أَلَا يَعْلَمُ مَنْ خَلَقَ وَهُوَ اللَّطِيفُ الْخَبِيرُ
"Does He who created not then know? He is the All-Pervading, the All-Aware."
Notes to Editor:
(2) Campaign website: http://women.hizb-ut-tahrir.info
Dr. Nazreen Nawaz
The Women's Representative in
The Central Media Office of Hizb ut Tahrir
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