(25 March 2009)
Ipsos MORI survey for the Equality and Human Rights
Commission about the career aspirations of Muslim
women reveals an ambitious group who want to play
a full part in the economic future of Britain.
The survey, which challenges assumptions that
different groups do not share the same aspirations,
reveals a third of working Muslim women see themselves
one day as Chief Executive or leader of the organisation
they work for and 75% of all Muslim women polled
think it possible to balance a successful career
with a family.
The survey was commissioned
ahead of the publication of the first Muslim Women
Power List. The list is a Commission initiative
to celebrate and highlight successful role models
and build a networking and mentoring legacy for,
and by, Muslim women. The Commission will now
link this new network with other organisations
seeking to promote opportunities to groups often
facing barriers to employment based on ignorance
Other findings in the poll
- 68% of Muslim women feel
it is possible for them to reach senior positions
in the workplace
- Two out of three Muslim
women say there is no difference between what
Muslim and non-Muslim women want in their careers
- 77% of all working women
in the survey believe it likely that Britain
will have a female Muslim Member of Parliament
in the next ten years.
Commenting on the research,
Trevor Phillips, Chair of the Equality and Human
Rights Commission, said: I cant think
of a group more stereotyped and less understood
in wider society than Muslim women. This research
shows they have the same hopes, concerns and ambitions
as anyone else when it comes to work. It demonstrates
that Muslim women believe that work and family
life can exist in balance; that many want to lead
their organisations and they can achieve prominence
in public life.
The findings contradict
assumptions that some groups are somehow different
from the mainstream; that some people should stay
at home, shouldn't want a career
or aren't like us.
Our list of female
Muslim high achievers challenges many stereotypes,
celebrating some truly impressive individuals.
But the list is really just the start of a more
ambitious project to create a network of women
defined by their professional capabilities and
interests, where faith and their background may
just be one part of who they are."
Click here to read about the Muslim
Women's Power List.