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Chicago Mayor Honors MALA

“MALA has emerged as one of our most innovative civic and community organizations…” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel honored MALA on the occasion of our Third Annual Gala, and sent the following message: Dear Friends, As Mayor, and on behalf of the City of Chicago, I am pleased and proud to welcome all those gathered for the […]

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MALA Presents First Annual Human Rights Storytellers Award

Mariya Taher is a Gender Violence Activist who defends women’s rights through storytelling At our Third Annual Gala on Nov. 6, MALA was honored to recognize the groundbreaking work of Mariya Taher, a long-time gender violence activist and co-founder of Sahiyo, an organization dedicated to ending Female Gential Cutting (FGC). Mariya was awarded MALA’s first […]

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MALA Honors Legacy of Dr Fawaz Kannout at Third Annual Gala

Dr Kannout was a Syrian-American doctor who was a key advisor in MALA’s founding At MALA’s Third Annual Gala on Nov. 6, the MALA community took time to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Fawaz Kannout, who passed away earlier this year after a courageous battle with cancer. MALA leadership presented him with the […]

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month! Approximately one in eight women in the U.S. will experience invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. And in 2018, an estimated 266,120 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in the U.S., along with 63,960 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer. It’s […]

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MALA Presents at the Oral History Association

On Oct. 13, MALA co-founder Zainab Zeb Khan will present at the Oral History Association’s Annual Conference. This year, the conference is convened in Montreal, Canada. Khan will discuss MALA’s project, Muslim American Journeys: In, Out, and Through., as part of a panel about “Oral Histories of Muslim Americans.” This groundbreaking project is building a unique collection […]

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Meet the MC: Nazhah Khawaja

Nazhah Khawaja is the Women’s Editor for The Demureist, a digital magazine focused on lifestyle and culture. She will be MC for MALA’s Open Mic party in Chicago on September 29 – join us! We sat down with Nazhah and chatted with her ahead of the event to get to know her better.   Nazhah, what […]

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MALA Launches Islamic Art series

Art Events in New York and Chicago Explore Cultural Traditions and Drive Meaningful Conversations In July 2018, MALA launched an ongoing series of seminars and other events centered around Islamic art. These events continue MALA’s exploration of the Muslim American journey. MALA’s inaugural event, conceptualized and led by MALA community members, was held in Chicago […]

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MALA Launches “Muslims in Tech” series

Chicago Tech Networking Events Will Connect Muslim American Professionals and Drive Meaningful Conversations In March 2018, MALA launched its “Muslims in Tech” conversation series in Chicago. Now, it’s a series, with the next conversation planned for July 31. Every quarter, MALA will convene a panel of leading Muslim American professionals in Chicago to share their […]

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MALA Hosts Multi-City Series of Iftar Dinners

Ramadan 2018 was a busy time for MALA! We loved breaking fast with so many friends at so many Iftar tables. We kicked off our MALA Iftar series with a festive dinner meet-up on May 23 in Chicago. MALA friends and newcomers converged at the popular fast-casual destination I Dream of Falafel. Since Ramadan is a […]

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Iftar Memories

This Ramadan, MALA hosted a series of Iftar parties in Chicago, Washington, DC, and New York City. We loved making new friends and breaking fast with old ones! MALA intern Farah Harb participated in our May 23 Iftar meet-up in Chicago and chatted with attendees about their favorite Iftar memories and traditions. As we finish the […]

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