Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA) was formed in January 2007 as ‘an autonomous, secular, rights-based mass organisation led by Muslim women to fight for the citizenship rights of the Muslims in India.’ The objective of the movement is to alleviate conditions of marginalisation of Muslim women through reforms internally, as well as ensure equal social, economic, political, civil, legal and religious rights as upheld by the Constitution of India.
BMMA has been actively propagating positive and liberal interpretations of Islam in line with feminist values of justice, equity, and human rights. They have been at the forefront of re-defining Muslim personal laws through their campaign to codify Muslim family law, training and equipping Muslim women in Islamic jurisprudence to adjudicate in Muslim family matters from an Islamic feminist perspective, creating centres of knowledge on Islam and women, demanding access and entry to Islamic sacred spaces such as the Haji Ali Dargah.
BMMA also focuses on issues of education, livelihood, health, and social security keeping in view the very low development indicators for Muslim women across India. It mobilises Muslim women at the grassroots and advocates for change by acting as pressure groups. BMMA activists present their plight before local authorities and demand immediate action.