Women make up about 85% of the constituency of ISF. Additionally, every year, hundreds of women participate in ISF programs and receive professional training and social empowerment. In a traditional culture, where disparities and discrimination against woman are prevalent, this venture is unprecedented. It is ISF’s contention that fundamental social change happens as women are brought into the social change and entrepreneurial environment. The solid programs offered by IS (education, integrated health, vocational training, economic empowerment, etc) are generally designed to facilitate such change.
A critical factor in serving others is the concept of equal opportunity for all, regardless of their race, color, sex, or social and ideological backgrounds. Any bias contradicts equality and undermines the main principles of human rights and development.
The insight gained from the experience of Imam Sadr Foundation is that women's empowerment is a reliable approach for social change and a prerequisite to win the fight against misery and oppression. But most importantly, the work with women is promising because women, in their own right, are indispensable to win in difficult times while transiting to the “people spring”.