One of our aims at MyMuslimMall.com is to empower the community of Muslim entrepreneurs. By doing so we aim to help create opportunities; open up new markets and drive innovation insha’Allah.
We are sponsoring the Muslimah Entrepreneur Survey. This is a great initiative which we are proud to take part in. Muslim women often are perceived and stereotyped as being oppressed and dependant, but very few realise the business contributions made by them. There is certainly a lack of representation of female entrepreneurs, but this is not something confined to the Muslims; however, it is believed to be significantly higher in Muslim communities.
In the ever changing world of the internet, women, particularly stay at home moms and homemakers are discovering creative ways of running a successful business whilst raising a family. A significant number of our sellers are women, talented, astute and creative sisters, may we add.
We hope to create more opportunities for female entrepreneurs and tailor our platform to suit their needs, not least because a study by the Muslim Council of Britain, shows that 70% of Muslim women between the ages of 16-24 are unemployed. Some because of lack of opportunities but most because of the growing Islamophobia and discrimination. One potential way of tackling high unemployment amongst Muslim women is through entrepreneurship. This could remove many of the barriers that may prevent Muslim women from entering the world of work and business.
Our platform is a community platform and we hope to provide opportunities for all, particularly the young members of our Muslim society. It is a lesser known fact that 46% of the Muslim population reside in 10% of the most deprived areas in the UK with very few role models, particularly female ones. This void destroys aspirations and entrepreneurs can rectify this.
We hope the ‘Muslim Women Entrepreneurs Survey’ will provide a better insight into how Muslim Women operate their businesses in this online era. There are fantastic prizes up for grabs thanks to all the sponsors who have supported this survey, including MyMuslimMall. Why not complete the survey and let us have any thoughts below.