May 3rd Issue Briefing – Islamophobia: Understanding Islam and the Experience of American Muslims.

Event Description:

Sahar Education for Afghan Girls is hosting an evening discussion on Islam and Islamophobia featuring Aneelah Afzali, the Executive Director of American Muslim Empowerment Network, and Sahar Fellow Malahat Mazaher. We will discuss the increase in Islamophobia in our country and how it poses a significant threat to all of us, along with specific concrete actions each of us can take to combat Islamophobia. We will also highlight Sahar’s work on this topic with schoolchildren in Seattle.

We are particularly honored to be joined by Aneelah Afzali – one of the many fantastic speakers from the Seattle Women’s March on January 21st of 2017. If you’re interested in listening to her speech from the Seattle rally, please follow this link.

Heavy hors d’oeuvres, coffee, and dessert will be provided.

Wednesday, May 3rd 2017
Doors open at 5:30pm
Program runs from 6-7:30pmWhere:
Impact Hub Seattle – 4th Floor Learning Studio
220 2nd Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104Cost:
$10 per attendee


Speaker Bios:
Aneelah Afzali is the founder and Executive Director of the American Muslim Empowerment Network (AMEN), a new initiative to provide a strategic and visionary response to the challenges of our times. Aneelah is an attorney and graduate of Harvard Law School who worked at two law firms in Seattle. After a spiritual awakening and witnessing the growing divisiveness in our country, Aneelah took a break from her legal career to pursue two things her faith emphasizes – knowledge and service. For the past three years, she has served as a community activist, interfaith leader, social justice advocate, and seeker of knowledge.  Aneelah graduated from the University of Oregon Honors College, and was named a Chayes International Service Fellow at Harvard Law School.  She enjoys traveling, snowboarding, and football, and is a proud Seahawks and Ducks fan!
Malahat Mazaher began working with Sahar as a fellow in November 2016. She is from Afghanistan and came to the United States for her studies through a youth exchange program sponsored by the U.S. State Department. She graduated from Lafayette College in Pennsylvania, with a double major in International Affairs and Economics. As a college student, she interned in various private and nonprofit organizations in Afghanistan, the United States and Switzerland, focusing on Communications & Marketing, Women’s Empowerment and a Campaign to Ban Landmines.
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