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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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[15 Feb 2012 | No Comment | ]
Muslim Women in a Christian Community

Erick Brocoy
Philippines
“Community cooperation and cohesiveness increase while livelihoods and incomes become steady. The people develop an entrepreneurial drive accompanied with working hand in hand with community members. The sense of unity and camaraderie flourish.”
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Despite the number of interventions done to promote empowerment through basic human rights, women are still suffering from inequities around the world.  The role of women in our society is crucial and we must continue to empower them. Without them development will never occur. I met two women who defied cultural limitations, finding ways to empower fellow …

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[27 Dec 2011 | No Comment | ]
Confronting Our Ignorance: As Americans, As Muslims, and As Women

**This week we’re reposting some of our favorite articles from the past year. Our interview with Amina Wadud was one of our most popular postings, and in it Amina shares with us her personal journey as an African American Muslim woman in America, and the evolution of her identity and activism. We chose to repost this interview because of the insights Amina offers on how to create a space that includes the voices of women as scholars of Islam.**
Amina Wadud
Amina Wadud is an internationally acclaimed scholar, human rights activist, and …

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[15 Dec 2011 | 4 Comments | ]
Uncovering Islam’s Hidden Beauties

By Siti Satyawati
Australia
“During the past ten years, I have learned as an individual the value of remaining patient in the face of calamity, while maintaining a steadfast commitment to promoting the message of multiculturalism.”
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Editor’s note: Siti Satyawati is an Indonesian Muslim woman from Australia.  She is a mother of five and a student who works and volunteers at the Muslim Women’s Support Centre based in Perth, Western Australia.
As an Indonesian Muslim woman living in Australia, religion has played an important role in my life experience. Although I was born …