Get ready! We are very excited to bring Muslim women front and center at this year’s United Nations Youth Assembly at the UN Headquarters in New York City. And we want to make YOU a part of it!
Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, founding editor-in-chief of MuslimGirl.net, will be addressing the assembly on the Middle East’s youth movements and the role of youth in pushing for development and peace in the region. She will be speaking alongside co-panelists Mohamed Malouche and Mariel Davis, as moderated by Akhtar Badshah.
Sara Zayed, president of the Rutgers University Chapter of MuslimGirl, will be interviewing UN Youth Envoy Ahmad Alhendawi in the presence of the assembly. She will be joined by Zhaoyuan Su to discuss pressing issues with Ahmad on how the UN can help the development of youth around the world, including Muslim women and girls in underdeveloped regions.
We want YOU to take part in the conversation. Are there specific points you want Amani to address? What would you like Sara to ask the Youth Envoy? We will be taking your tweets from now until the start of the UNYA on February 11. Be a part of the movement.
It’s an incredible breakthrough to have young Muslim women represented at an international development event of this stature. At the same time, it’s important to recognize that MuslimGirl alone cannot speak on behalf of all Muslim women everywhere. Muslim women live in every country, are from every culture, and come from every walk of life; the issues each Muslim woman faces are unique, as are her goals, priorities, and dreams. MuslimGirl hopes to bring us one step closer to collectively elevating Muslim women’s voices in the global community, while fighting against collectivizing them.
You have the means and the unique privilege of being able to tweet at us, to engage with this opportunity, and to have your voice heard. There are many Muslim women around the world who do not have that access and will still not be properly represented at this venue. As we continue to move forward, these women are at the forefront of our minds, and we take it as our personal responsibility to represent as inclusive of a narrative as possible.
With that being said, this is the moment to bring Muslim women and girls’ issues to a global stage. We in there. Let’s do this.