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MALA Launches Storytelling Partnerships for Vets, Homefront Heroes

MALA is proud to launch two new inititiatives in partnership with two outstanding institutions. These initiatives will preserve the oral histories of two overlapping communities: U.S. veterans across all conflicts, and the “homefront heroes” of World War II. MALA is honored to foster the recognition of Muslim Americans in the ranks of both. The first […]

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MALA Honors Groundbreaking Yemeni-American Journalist

Rasheed Al-Nozili founded Yemeni American News, America’s leading Yemeni-American news source At MALA’s Third Annual Gala on November 6, 2018, MALA honored Rasheed Al-Nozili with MALA’s Community Builder Award for Journalism. Al-Nozili is the publisher of the Yemeni American Net website and the Yemeni American News, which was launched in 2008. The newspaper and website both publish […]

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US End FGM/C Network Statement on Judge’s Decision in Michigan Case

The shocking and disappointing news of the decision on Tuesday, November 20th 2018 to invalidate the federal FGM/C law, which has led to the dismissal of several key charges against the two doctors and six others accused of subjecting nine girls to FGM/C in the historic FGM /C case in Michigan further validates that this issue even more prevalent in the United States, as nearly half a million women and girls face the threat of being cut without their consent. As a member of the US End FGM/C Network Steering Committee, we share the collective Network Statement in response to this case.

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Orange The World: #HearMeToo: Amplifying Voices to Eliminate Gender Based Violence

For this campaign, in partnership with UN Women, we encourage everyone to stand tall against all forms of violence that affect women and girls. By making our activism inclusive, by broadening the base of our empathy, and expanding the horizons of how we engage with advocacy, we can build communities that are more informed, less afraid, and safe for everyone.

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MALA’s Third Annual Gala Honors Leaders, Storytellers

On November 6th, MALA’s Third Annual Gala drew over 100 friends and supporters from across the country to the iconic Chicago History Museum to “celebrate our histories.” Attendees were greeted by MALA cofounders Zainab Khan, Ahmed Omar, and Emil Aldaddah. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel sent a congratulatory letter, also welcoming attendees to the celebration. “As […]

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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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