MALA Co-Hosts Panel on UNGA Sidelines: Eradicate FGM/C

September 19, 2019 On the sidelines of the 74th UNGA, MALA, There Is No Limit Foundation, and Kota Alliance hosted a panel event at the Center for Social Innovation. This event discussed and concentrated on strategies for the global eradication of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C). The panel also highlighted the commitment made worldwide to end […]

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Stand up and Speak: Public Speaking With a Stand-Up Perspective

Last month, MALA invited community member and stand-up speaker, Amna Awan, to present a special workshop that taught participants how to harnesses the power of public speaking through stand-up comedy techniques and approaches.  This dynamic workshop was a big success, and, due to popular demand, we will be hosting another session this Fall.  Stay tuned […]

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Samar Haider: The Maxim I Chose to Live By

Samar describes her passion for healthcare, and discusses the obstacles and opportunities that have guided her desire to help people.   His voice was barely audible through the Skype online phone call, but I could easily tell he was weaker than before. I asked my uncle how he was feeling, knowing fully that his answer would […]

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Sawera Choudary: At the Edge of Dawn

“Every morning was a cheerful invitation to make my life of equal simplicity, and I may say innocence, with Nature herself.”                      -Henry David Thoreau.   I am a morning person. Something about the dark sky before the break of dawn gives me a sense of […]

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Hikmah Okoya: Wisdom

Hikma describes her journey to self-acceptance and empowerment as a Black Muslim woman in the U.S.     Black (\blak\) Adjective : The opposite of white. A pigmentation color too dark to be considered beautiful. The color of bark after it has been burned by fire. The color people here in America where to funerals. The […]

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Fanta N’Diasseny: A Girl With a Dream

Fanta immigrated to the United States at the age of eight.  Her story outlines her triumphs, and her dedication to education as a cherished American value.   Life isn’t about finding yourself or figuring out what separates you from everyone else, it’s about all the different challenges and obstacles you’ve overcome that have helped you get […]

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Subhana Ahmed: Hungry

Subhana reflects on her struggles with body image, and describes how she forged her own path to self-discipline, confidence, and good health.      Ten more minutes until sunset. The lingering aroma of the crispy naan bread and chicken curry encompassed the air. The clock finally struck eight o’clock and the adhan called to prayer. […]

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Nooran Alhamdan: I Am My Own Superwoman

Nooran describes her struggle to reconcile two identities growing up in a small New Hampshire town.  Her story speaks to the power of confidence, perseverance, and heritage.   I had an innocent childhood. I never saw a difference between the little girl at home who spoke Arabic with her mother and climbed onto my father’s back […]

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Mahreen Ansari: To Be a Pakistani-American in White America

Mahreen reflects on the complicated nature of intersecting identities.  In her stories, she remembers formative incidents of prejudice, friendship, and learning as she developed her own identity as a Pakistani American.   The smell of curry and other spices waft through my home and cling to my hair, giving it an ethnic smell that everyone at […]

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Farah Alkurdy: Out of Hardship, Pride.

When her mother fell ill, Farah become increasingly aware of stereotypes and prejudices as her family sought medical care.  Her story describes how this experience brought strength, confidence, and growth.    As a Middle Eastern, Muslim individual growing up in America with parents who didn’t speak English as their first language, my identity has evolved […]

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