In a 2005 report on making mosques “women friendly,” major U.S. Islamic organizations including the Islamic Society of North America, the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Islamic Council of North America, acknowledged that mosque conditions are often “unjust and demeaning” to women. The report affirmed the right of women to the main halls of mosque with unobstructed views. In addition, it acknowledged the discriminatory practices in many mosques that inhibit the participation, voice and leadership of women. It recommended quotas for women on the boards of mosques and the presence of women as public speakers to the congregation.
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