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[23 Feb 2012 | No Comment | ]
I Serve the Public (And I’m a Muslim Woman)

Zahreen Ghaznavi
“We may be more independent and free than some of our sisters in other parts of the world, but post-9/11 there is a real fear within the American Muslim community about putting women in the public and at the forefront.”
Connection Point Manager Yasmina Mrabet interviewed Zahreen Ghaznavi, Chair of the Board of the Muslim Public Service Network, about the role of Muslim American women in civic engagement and public policy. Her responses are below.
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Can you tell me a little about your personal background and how you became involved with …

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[16 Feb 2012 | No Comment | ]
The Region Is Changing and So Are the Media

Basma Badran
Lebanon

“The need for coverage in crisis situations, for example during bombings, turns regular citizens into reporters.”
Connection Point Manager Yasmina Mrabet interviewed Lebanese journalist Basma Badran about her experiences working in the media. Her responses are below.
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What inspired you to begin working in the media, and what has been your experience as a woman working in this field?
I actually never thought I’d end up working in the media. Originally, I began as an editor at a news agency – an opportunity I received based on my language background and interest …

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[31 Jan 2012 | 2 Comments | ]
We Are a Grassroots Feminist Media Monitor

“We aim to empower women and strengthen their relationship with their body image and self-esteem by criticizing the mainstream media discourse that stereotypes their roles and objectifies their bodies.”
The authors of this article will remain anonymous to ensure their personal safety.
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We are Kherrberr. We are not an organization. Rather, we are a grassroots feminist media monitor. Kherrberr in Arabic means dental drill, and the concept behind it is that it aims to remove cavities from media—specifically, sexism, racism, homophobia, and violence. Our activists are kept anonymous to protect their personal …

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[24 Jan 2012 | 2 Comments | ]
Egypt: A Revolution in Women’s Rights Is Not Over

“In a lot of ways the needs of Egyptian women are the needs of all Egyptians.”
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Connection Point Manager Yasmina Mrabet interviews Dr. Laura Bier, professor at Georgia Tech, about her thoughts on the role of Islamic feminism and the challenges and opportunities for women in post-revolutionary Egypt. Her responses are below.
Can you tell us a little about your personal background, how you became interested in studying Islamic feminism, and the role of women in Egypt particularly?
I was getting my MA in Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago. When …