Women empowered through community organizing [#ArabAmericanSummit]
Photo courtesy of Arab Women Activists and Leaders (AWAL) program
Learn how to inspire, transform, and empower! This year’s Arab American Summit features a unique session that focuses on women and community organizing, bringing together diverse presenters to impart their experience so participants will leave with the tools and knowledge to create supportive and powerful spaces for women.
Centering Arab Women in Community Organizing will be a powerful session that will help community organizers and others who work specifically with women and girls. Participants will leave with an understanding of how to build supportive spaces for women where they can hone valuable skills to empower themselves and organize their communities, specifically around anti-violence activism. Participants will also gain strategies for raising awareness about abuse and how to support survivors of abuse and will receive material to use to form collective healing circles and support networks.
The presentation will introduce the Arab Women Activists and Leaders (AWAL) program housed by the Arab American Association of New York in Brooklyn, New York. The AWAL program is a unique anti-violence and advocacy program for displaced women of color that works as a collective support group focusing on personal healing and community empowerment. The presenters will share their experiences in organizing and facilitating a multilingual program for Arab and immigrant women. The presentation will also highlight the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF), which works for Asian and Pacific Islander women on the platforms of: civil rights, economic justice, educational access, ending violence against women, health, and immigrant and refugee rights. The organization Mothering Justice, a Michigan organization dedicated to empowering mothers and influencing policy on behalf of families, will also share their experience as part of this important conversation.
Zeinab Khalil, Lead Organizer and Advocacy Trainer of the AWAL program, is one of the presenters of this session. In the past, she worked at ACCESS in Dearborn where she facilitated intergroup dialogues and mentored Arab youth.
Miriam Yeung, Executive Director of NAPAWF, is another presenter at the session. She leads the country’s only national, multi-issue organization dedicated to Asian American and Pacific Islander women.
Danielle Atkinson is the founding director of Mothering Justice and one of our important session presenters. She has experience working on the behalf of mothers and families in both Florida and Michigan.
This blog post is part of a series that will focus on The Arab American Summit. Check here regularly to stay updated on news, hear about featured speakers, and get a sneak peak at some of the exciting Summit topics!
Blog author: Fiona Bare, NNAAC Capacity Building Intern