Islam calls for honoring women, respecting their rights, and showing kindness to them. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, "I advise you to take care of women and act kindly towards them." (Reported by Al-Bukhari and Muslim) In Islam, women and men have the same rights and duties. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was reported to have said, "Indeed, women are the counterpart of men." (Reported by Abu Dawud) As such, Islam honors women as human beings, children, mothers, sisters, and wives, regardless of their status.
Women's issues are a priority for the Muslim Council of Elders (MCE) under the Chairmanship of His Eminence Professor Ahmed Al-Tayeb. This is demonstrated through the Grand Imam's positions, speeches, and the Document on Human Fraternity, which calls for liberating women from all historical and social injustices and pressures that go against all faiths and human dignity. It further stresses that women should be protected from sexual exploitation and from being dealt with as a commodity used for pleasure and profitmaking. The historic declaration makes it clear that all inhumane and unethical practices that violate women's dignity must end and that laws must be enacted to ensure the protection of women's full rights.
On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the MCE urges all individuals, organizations, and international institutions to be united in raising awareness of women's rights and doing whatever it takes to eliminate violence against them. This will ensure an environment free of violence for all people, where justice and beauty prevail, and men and women alike work together for a better tomorrow for humanity.