Three Muslim Women Leaders to Speak Out at Kennedy School Discussion

Contact: Doug Gavel
Phone: 617-495-1115
Date: February 28, 2006

Cambridge, MA – Three women who are changing the face of Islam in North America will share their perspectives during a panel discussion March 2 at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. “Emerging Forms of Muslim Women’s Leadership” will begin at 7 pm on the 5 th floor of the Taubman Building, 15 Elliot Street, Cambridge.
Through their organizing, writing, and speaking, each of the guest speakers is creating space for new forms of women’s leadership within the Muslim community. At the same time that their leadership is raising controversial questions about Islamic law and practice around the world, it is also providing new opportunities for the next generation of Muslim women.
Panelists for the event are:
* Saleemah Abdul-Ghafur, editor of LIVING ISLAM OUT LOUD: American Muslim Women Speak and former chief executive officer of Azizah: The Voice for Muslim Women magazine
* Sarah Eltantawi, co-founder of the Progressive Muslim Union of North America and former communications director for the Muslim Public Affairs Council
* Raheel Raza, author of THEIR JIHAD…NOT MY JIHAD!: A Muslim Canadian Woman Speaks Out and the first woman to lead an Islamic congregational Friday prayer in Canada
The event is co-sponsored by the Women and Public Policy Program at the Kennedy School of Government, the Pluralism Project at Harvard University, and the Islam in the West Program at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies.
Journalists interested in covering this event should contact the Kennedy School Communications Office at (617) 495-1115.

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