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MWA Celebrates Women’s History Month

People around the globe celebrate Women’s History Month all month long.  One of the goals of Women’s History Month is to amplify diverse voices. If you can think of only one type of woman dressed in a certain way from a certain ethnic background, you’re missing out on the full technicolor awesomeness that is Muslim woman. For too long what it means to be a Muslim woman has been defined by voices that are not one of our own.

Best way you can understand and center the wide range of experiences that come with being a Muslim woman? Read and follow diverse Muslim women. Muslim women authors who are reclaiming their identities and their stories that have been too long co-opted by others.

MWA is working to signal boost Muslim women authors reclaiming our narrative. We’ve researched and crowdsourced a list of Muslim Women Authors.

We hope that this list serves two purposes:
1. Ongoing repository of books written by Muslim women
2. The books on this wishlist will be donated to
Rohingya Community of ChicagoGirlForward, local libraries and Muslim girl groups.

The idea originated when an assistant director at RCC told us that the kids have a hard time relating to and focusing on books that they do not feel represented in. So last year, we kicked off our virtual book drive that provided RCC with books that had Muslim protagonists and it was a hit with the children.

This year we are expanding the donation locations and highlighting many talented Muslim women authors. We hope that you can help kids take an interest in reading by providing them books that they can relate to and also use this as an idea list of what books you want to read next to support Muslim women authors.

Make this #WomensHistoryMonth one where the voices and narratives of Muslim women are elevated. To donate books to the next generation of leaders, please visit:

bit.ly/muslimwomenauthors

#MuslimWomenLead #Womenwrite #writers #IWD2019

Sidenote:
While this list is aimed at K-12/YA readers, MWA will be creating a Muslim Women Author book repository on our website. This ongoing list will feature authors in a wider range of subjects including books aimed at adults.

2019 Celebrate Muslim Women Expo

This Women’s History Month, Muslim Women’s Alliance welcomed hundreds of women to this year’s MWA Celebrate Muslim Women Expo. Thank you to all of our volunteers, our sponsors, and our sisters who joined us for one of the most exhilarating events we’ve ever hosted.

Congratulations once again to MWA’s 2019 Inspiring Woman Award recipients: Zakiyyah El-Amin, Maaria Mozaffar and Itedal Shalabi. Their community work and activism empowers and uplifts the entire Muslim community.

Chicago was left in awe by the power and transformative words of Ustadha Ieasha Prime. She left no doubt about the blessed status of women in Islam. We thank Ustadha Ieasha for her dedication to join us and she did not skip up a beat as she went from the plane to the podium.

The entire MWA board of directors, program managers and volunteers march into this year with renewed commitment to develop women leaders, foster community service, mentor high school and college girls and empower and bring awareness to the community on social justice and gender equity issues.

Thank you all for your support. Please continue to help uplift and empower women by with your time and financial contributions: bit.ly/supportMWA

#MuslimWomenLead

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