Women’s Economic Empowerment – An International Struggle

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CWSC at the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women

“Paradise lies at the feet of the mother”–Prophet Muhammed (S)

INTERNATIONAL – Braving the recent subzero temperatures and snow drifts of New York City, Dr. Aisha Kareem, a senior advisor for CWSC and the CEO for American Muslim 360, left the tropical climate of California to attend the Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work Conference sponsored by the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), an organ of the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Dr. Aisha rendezvoused with fellow CWSC volunteer Sister Shakira Abdul Ali from New Jersey.

Despite the obstacles, the team led CWSC’s participation as our U.N. Liaison, partnering with the GRAIL, an international women’s movement, to deliver written input from our group intellect. Attending were representatives from 138 countries.

In preparation for the session, Dr. Aisha tapped our national think tank capabilities via the Model Communities National Resource Directory to help draft goal and targets that would ascertain how close women are to agreeing on a consolidated set of objectives for global sustainability now through the year 2030. The Conference’s theme, Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work, sought to help broaden the effective implementation of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goal of Gender Equality.

Dr. Aisha remarked, “CWSC is grateful we had some very excellent contributors participating in the Draft Agreed Conclusion…we were able to substantively lend an American, a Muslim and ethnic minority perspective thanks to Shakira Abdul-Ali (MSOD), AM360 Host Zayd Khan, Dr. E. Fowziyyah Ali, and Aqila Sharif Hanif.” Stay tuned for more on this second historic shuraa session for CWSC at the U.N.

[Related Note: CWSC congratulates Dr. Aisha who received a nomination for the prestigious CSW 2017 Woman of the Year Distinction Award for her outstanding work at the U.N.]

Our Executive Director to host new radio program

AM360 series on building a national intelligentsia premiers April 14…

Mukhtar Muhammad, the executive director for Community Wide Shuraa Conference, assumes a new role on Friday, April 14, 2017, when he is scheduled to host the first episode of Getting to Know the CWSC, a special series that will broadcast on American Muslim 360, Fridays 9 a.m. EST every eight weeks for an initial installment of six shows. During specific dates, the series will air in place of the weekly CWSC Friday Roundtable hosted by Mark Shahid.

The show aims to help educate the entire community on CWSC’s conceptualization, evolution and work as a national intelligentsia service center. Listeners will go inside the architecture, mission, vision, and guiding principles of CWSC and its family of intelligentsia components including its broadcasting center, American Muslim 360, to help grow its capacity by educating its audience and ultimately making CWSC services as accessible as possible to institutions around the country.

Mukhtar was unanimously nominated to his office of leadership in 2015 by CWSC volunteers nationwide and elected by the CWSC Board of Directors closely following the passing of founding director Imam Thomas Abdul Salaam (R).  While he’s usually a low key person most comfortable leading unseen, he said recently, “I know there are still many questions and misconceptions about what CWSC is and is not as a national intelligentsia and community service center; sometimes that information has to come directly from the one charged at the helm of an institution. We’ve seen tremendous growth and an acceleration in our diversity, and the time is right to communicate to both CWSC and the broader community about where were seeking to head in serving the group interest. Getting to Know the CWSC will be an excellent opportunity for me to share simultaneously with all audiences.”

Besides being a civic and community leader, Mukhtar is author of the book and blog, Genesis of New American Leadership: Building the Community Life, vice president for FAMACO Publishers, LLC and famacopublishers.com, a distinguished lecturer in the CWSC Speakers Bureau, and member  of  the strategic planning committee  and electoral board  for  the  Islamic Center  of  Orange  Park,  Florida. He is a third generation Muslim, alumnus of Philadelphia’s Muhammad University, and holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in four business concentrations. He’s also a former enlisted and commissioned naval officer, and has served in executive leadership roles inside and outside our Association, including appointment to national leadership service by the late Imam Dr. W. D. Mohammed (R). He has advised institutions throughout the nation on strategic planning and governance issues and is a nationally recognized consultant on organization design, leadership and management issues. Read more about the new host here.

Many around the nation will recognize his name from the international calendar publication, Remaking the World and from Genesis of New American Leadership, the book many institutions associated with the leadership of Imam W. Deen, used to publish their mission and vision statements.  When asked recently about Genesis, Mukhtar states, “I believe American Muslims have an important role to play in helping America regain its footing and trust in itself, following the debacle of wall street, an avoidable recession and a war of choice v. necessity…just to name a few examples of where leadership deficiencies resulted in catastrophic failures and consequences. The American Muslim Community has a vital role to play internationally as an urgent voice of reform. Simultaneously, our domestic contribution is a high priority and will either be enhanced or impeded by our fellow non-Muslim Americans’ understanding of true Islam and acceptance of Muslims as full citizens; so we have a big job. Muslims must find more interdependent ways to enhance our group efforts, work and contributions as American leaders. I believe Genesis can help bridge divides and create a climate for emergence of a new collaborative leadership inside and outside our communities…I also believe we’re in one of the best periods right now to accomplish that.”

A series of six installments are planned beginning April 14 and continuing on the following dates: June 9, August 4, September 29, November 24, and January 19, 2018.  Guest interviews with executive directors of other national organizations are also being planned into the show’s format.

Listeners will be able to engage with the host in a variety of ways including messaging here on our website, at facebook, twitter, email info@cwsc.us, and via voice mail comments on the CWSC line at (910) 317-0297 which we may share with our listenership and of course, you can call in live to American Muslim 360 Radio at (515) 605-9891. Click here to see the promotion.

Students Apply Now for 5 CWSC College Scholarships

Encouraging academic excellence, civic engagement and history preservation

The WMP ScholarshipScholarships are another intelligentsia component at CWSC and focuses on the fact that while we’re working on any number of issues at any point in time, we must devote resources simultaneously to help secure our next generation intelligentsia leaders. Each February during African American History Month through June, our scholarship cycle opens to qualified matriculating college-bound high school and current college students.

In addition to providing cash funds to pay for higher education, our scholarships feature a historical and cultural preservation component that offers families of pioneers the ability to open nationally supported, tax deductible college scholarships in honor of a pioneer.

Through MAP scholarships, CWSC is a national scholarship administrator helping families establish lasting legacies for those who helped make a home for Al-Islam and/or religious freedom and civil rights in America.  In essence, the next generation will learn about our pioneers’ contributions and be inspired to not only get an education, but to also be civically engaged in helping to remake the world.

Because of the generosity of families in the MAP program and donor support, we now offer five (5) scholarships including the Payton Next Generation Scholarship; Taheerah R. Muhammad Educational Excellence Scholarship; Twin Servant of Peace Excellence in Broadcasting & Communication Scholarship; Words Make People Literary Excellence & Scholarship Award honoring Imam W. Deen Mohammed; and the Yahya K. Muhammad Business & Community Leadership Award.

CWSC Scholarships helps us show our students we care about their future and need their voice and intellect at the table of shuraa baynahum for the community’s future. Encouraging our students and making a contribution to higher education through college funding are great blessings for us all.

To apply starting February 20, contribute to a scholarship or start a scholarship in the name of your loved one, either current or posthumously; visit Scholarships right here at CWSC…their future is our future.

Help us Get the Job Done. Support the Work of CWSC Broadcasting, Scholarships, Cultural Preservation, National Think Tank, Consulting to Massjid and much more!…

Underwriting & Sponsorship Opportunities

American Muslim 360 to offer businesses, event organizers sponsorship opportunities to reach our 522,000+ listener level audience


CWSC Corporate via the office of the CEO will offer on a first come, first serve basis, limited opportunities as a sponsor and underwriter of the #1 Islamic radio station in the nation.  Forprofit and non-profits will have unique opportunities to reach an engaged listenership fast approaching the 1 million listening mark with the station deemed a major Muslim influencer. But hurry, these opportunities are broad-based to entities throughout America that are being invited to share their excellent products, services and events in a powerful way while being recognized as a good corporate citizen encouraging believer supported radio. Ready, set, send interest to info@cwsc.us.

Support Us at Our Most Popular Level of Giving


Help us continue bringing you quality programming and initiatives where your intellect is respected and your voice protected…Thank you for making a tax deductible contribution to help CWSC serve our communities! Our most popular giving level is $9.99/month, but give what is comfortable for you. Make a secure and convenient contribution online, or by U.S. Mail at: CWSC, 2620 Bragg Boulevard, Suite D, Fayetteville, North Carolina 28303.

Or phone in a pledge at (910) 317-0297. Your donation helps CWSC operations including AM360, and allows us to continue expanding our ability to do good. Jazak Allahu Khairan.

Check out the CWSC Online Store & Bookshelf

When you purchase featured titles through our online store or through our partners, you help us fund our operations, promote the intellectual works representing our diverse intelligentsia and encourage greater scholarship for our own education and the broader society’s education. Check out this week’s featured title for our 40th Anniversary:

New Leadership into the 21st CenturyIslamic Estate Planner & Organizer Reference Guide & Workbook. A publishing breakthrough for managing what simply cannot be left to chance. Powerful planning help based on experience from persons who have successfully managed real estate and credit, owned businesses, served as personal, jinaazah and estate executors, power-of-attorneys, guardians, and healthcare surrogates. Not preparing now can lead to devastating consequences later. FPLLC (2014), English w/ Arabic dua’s, script and transliteration. FPLLC (2014), h/c, 80 pages. $27.95

Visit the CWSC National Events Calendar to See What’s Happening

See how CWSC is a favorite spot for all the family as we expand our site to include free sharing of national events and announcements and soon insha-Allah, the CWSC Business Plaza to connect merchants with customers…you’ll be able to find any of our businesses in the country right online. Got an announcement to share with the entire community…send program details and contact information to info@cwsc.us. Stay tuned!

“Education is the greatest tool for advancing the society.” We do want to advance our society, don’t we? Are you a part of a society or are you just a part of a Masjid?”―Imam W. Deen Mohammed (RA)


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