Islam and Women

A rainbow circle of symbols of six major faith traditions

Sunday, March 21, 2:30–4:00 p.m. via Zoom

Are you curious about the status of Muslim women in the U.S., and how this compares with Muslim-majority countries? How do Muslim women view the significance of the hijab, and why do only some wear it? What else are you curious about?

Please join us for a discussion with a panel of Muslim women led by Aneelah Afzali, Executive Director of the American Muslim Empowerment Network at the Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS). A short Q&A session will follow.

Hosted by University Unitarian Church’s Interfaith Justice Team.

Click here to register. Questions? Contact Jewels Mellen.

Aneelah Afzali is a leading figure in women’s empowerment within her faith community and in ecumenical outreach to other faiths. She serves as a Governing Board Member of the Faith Action Network (FAN). In 2018 MAPS-AMEN launched its “Sharing Our Stories” campaign, which provided a forum to empower women and other constituencies to exercise their voices through storytelling.

An attorney and graduate of Harvard Law School, in 2013 Aneelah left her legal career to pursue a calling to community service. Through AMEN (which she founded in 2016) she challenges Islamophobia and other forms of misinformation. AMEN builds interfaith coalitions to oppose bigotry in all its forms, while promoting dignity, fairness and respect for all. Aneelah is a recipient of the Washington State Bar Association’s Excellence in Diversity award.

The UUC Interfaith Justice Team partners with nearby faith communities to oppose anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and other forms of religious intolerance through constructive collaboration and effective modes of ally-ship.