CIIS Receives Grant for Panel on Muslim Women’s ActivismPosted on Dec 17 2012

By Zack Rogow

The CIIS Women's Spirituality program has been awarded a $2,000 grant from the Public Education for Peacebuilding Support program of the United States Institute of Peace. The award will support a panel entitled "Fierce Courage: Muslim Women's Transformative Activism," which will take place at CIIS on April 25, 2013, offered by CIIS Public Programs & Performances.

"This panel is inspired by the courage of the 15-year-old Pakistani activist Malala Yousufzai," says CIIS faculty member May Elawar, who planned the panel. Malala Yousufzai continues to defend women's rights and education in Pakistan despite being seriously wounded in an assassination attempt by a Taliban gunman on Oct. 9, 2012. Participants in the CIIS panel include Professor Ghazala Anwar, visiting professor of Quranic Studies at Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley; Samina Ali, curator of the exhibit Muslim Women's Arts and Voices at the International Museum of Women; and Jane Sloane, vice president of programs at the Global Fund for Women.

"At this panel, the Women's Spirituality program at CIIS hopes to give voice to a conversation about Muslim women's agency and activism," says Program Chair Alka Arora. The Fierce Courage: Muslim Women's Transformative Activism panel will highlight how Muslim women are defining and characterizing their struggles and their achievements, and how they envision a mutually supportive trans-border engagement with non-Muslim factions and allies in the West.

The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) is the independent, nonpartisan conflict-management center created by Congress to prevent and mitigate international conflict without resorting to violence. The Public Education for Peacebuilding Support is a program of USIP administered by the Institute of International Education.

Zack Rogow

Zack Rogow is senior editor at CIIS. His writings include a recent book of poems, "My Mother and the Ceiling Dancers," from Kattywompus Press.



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