This project broadens the audience of those promoting reform in the Arab and Muslim world, while highlighting the obstacles that they face in advancing such reforms.
The goal of this project is to provide reformists a much needed platform that will enable them to reach out to their societies and to religious, political, and educational leaders while also providing cogent suggestions to Western policy makers constructing long-term strategic plans in support of the reform effort.
The project focuses on the following main topics:
- Democratization. Promoting Arab and Muslim thinkers and statesmen who advocate democracy and a democratization process for their countries.
- Women's Rights Project. Aiming to advance women's rights and gender equality in the region, by covering positive and negative developments in women's political participation, women's economic power, and violence against women and girls.
- Counter-Radicalization Initiative. Focusing on promoting voices in the Arab and Muslim world that reject current jihadi streams and organizations, and condemn violent extremism.
- Education Project. Highlighting educational reform efforts in the Arab and Muslim world via revising school curricula, introducing tolerant and pluralistic content in textbooks, and modifying educational policies.
- Separation Of Religion And State. Providing support to advocates in the Arab and Muslim world who seek to advance secularism, religious tolerance, and equality.
- Religious Minorities' Rights. Supporting advocates of interfaith dialogue and understanding towards religious minorities in the Arab and Muslim world leading to an equalization of their status, while also identifying obstacles to such efforts.
- Combatting Antisemitism. Supporting advocates of reform in the Arab and Muslim world who speak out against antisemitism, and amplifies their voice and message in public forums, including the Capitol Hill fora held under the aegis of MEMRI's Tom Lantos Archives on Antisemitism and Holocaust Denial.
- LGBTQ Rights. Seeking to provide a platform for those promoting an understanding of LGBTQ rights in the Arab and Muslim world.
Mansour Al-Hadj, Saudi-born Sudanese journalist and writer.