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.
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.
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 […]
“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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]