Minoosh Zomordinia: Investigation of the ‘Self’

“I am tired of obligations, legislations, and rules to build moral philosophy. I stand up against the Do’s and Don’ts of political, religious, and traditional norms that have perpetrated violence.”

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He Named Me Malala At Arab American National Museum

On December 5th, 2015, “He Named Me Malala” was screened at the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. The event was at full capacity, and attended by families, students, and educators as part of the Student Stands With Malala program.

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He Named Me Malala Screening at UN General Assembly

On Thursday, December 10th, He Named Me Malala screened at the UN General Assembly to celebrate Human Rights Day. Students Stand With Malala collaborated with UN Women, Muslim American Leadership Alliance (MALA), and the Malala Fund to bring the film to over 1,300 people in New York.

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Faizah Bhatti: Hopefully Someone, Somewhere Understands

“The more I treated babies, cried with families, and delved into science, the more humanistic I became. One might say that my faith strengthened, but not in the direction of the faith I was born into.”

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MALA Featured In Safe Magazine: “16 Global Heroes Who Go There”

MALA’S President, Zainab Zeb Khan, was recently honored as Safe Magazine’s Global Hero. This year’s honorees include African American Policy Forum & It’s On Us Campaign. Notable people on last year’s list include people such as Malala Yousafzai, UNDP’s Helen Clark, Goodwill Ambassadors Liam Neeson and Angelina Jolie.

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Omar Sediqe: Battling A Dual Identity

“But, there are times that I struggle in balancing traditions with my own personal values. I have since learnt that I can balance both my Afghan and American heritage.”

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Amaal Said: Capturing Beauty As A Healing Salve

“I’m the eldest daughter of parents who are immigrants. I’m Somali. My work is absolutely about filling a void. I keep asking myself, ‘if you don’t take the pictures then who will?”

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Mizanur Rahman: Globally Supporting Those With Disabilities

“I do not have a disability; hence I had to fight against the social stigma and even with my family to marry someone with one… my wife is the first visually impaired student to be accepted to my university to pursue a higher education.”

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Simi Rahman: Igniting The Struggle For Moderation

“And so, to understand the moderate mind, you have to envision it on a continuum from radical to middle, but the closer you get to liberal, there is a wall. It creeps up on you, in the condemnation of homosexuality, in the unequal treatment and subjugation of women, but it’s there.”

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Hanan Yahya: Defying All Preconceived Cultural Barriers

“The Yemeni culture is one of the oldest and most traditional cultures in the Middle­East, a beautiful attribute I’m proud of; however, the ancient traditions come with a conservative nature and concrete boundaries.”

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