Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment

Grant Type: General Operating

Duration: January 1, 2024 - December 31, 2024

Organization Overview

Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment (RISE) is on a mission to amplify the voice and power of Muslim women. Through storytelling, leadership development, and civic engagement, RISE is building a movement to challenge gendered Islamophobia, imagining a future where all Muslim women are connected, reflected, celebrated, and emboldened.


Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment (RISE) believes that Muslim women are the greatest assets in their communities and serve as catalysts to create equity. To support Muslim women and their work, RISE has built a powerful network of social connections and a platform to amplify their voices and power. RISE trains and equips women with the necessary skills to participate in civic life, become part of decision-making and solution-creating processes, and improve society for all Americans.

In 2023, RISE advanced its advocacy activities, which are crucial to supporting the health and well-being of Muslim women in Minnesota. The three policies RISE prioritized during the legislative session were restoring the vote, hate crimes, and menstrual equity—all three legislative bills were passed. RISE launched their first Civic Sisterhood Cohort, which educated 10 Muslim women on legislative advocacy, voter mobilization, and leadership development. RISE is working on publishing their first book in 2024, “Muslim Sheroes of Minnesota.” This book will preserve and celebrate RISE’s cultural heritage and identity as Muslim women. RISE launched their first Black HERstory Month series within their Expressions narrative project to provide a medium for African American Muslim women to share their personal narratives. In 2023, RISE increased their financial literacy programming to support the growing need of Muslim women to learn how to become entrepreneurs. RISE also offered Muslim women a restorative circle for to heal from traumas of gendered Islamophobia and self-defense classes.

Year founded: 2016

Location: Minneapolis, MN