ABSTRACT

This chapter discusses the role of Muslim women at the national level and conducts cross-country research to find the answers that this research poses. It offers an insight into the nature of Muslim women’s engagement with the government and the procedures and practices employed by the government to engage them in public policy debates and discussions. The chapter also discusses the extent to which the input received from Muslim women activists translates into policy outcomes and the extent to which the engagement is tantamount to tokenism. The chapter concludes by highlighting the presence of a systematic and institutionalised nature of the engagement wherein Muslim women activists liaise and interact with the government and its different departments on a regular basis. The conclusion also highlights that the engagement was recognised and valued by both sides involved in the process.