At the Sheraton Cerritos, AMWEC is hosting a community bazaar featuring artists and Artisans from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkey, Bangladesh, India, and beyond. The event focuses on empowering women-led Businesses and creating networking opportunities for members of the community.
AMWEC’s Anila Ali joined an interfaith leadership discussion hosted by Fox 11 Los Angeles on the State of Hate in 2018. Other panelists included Cal State San Bernardino hate-crime law professor Brian Levin, Rabbi Marvin Hier from the Wiesenthal Center, Pastor J. Edgar Boyd from LA’s First AME Church, and Adam Bouska and Jeff Parshley of the NoH8 campaign.
AMWEC held its annual multifaith Ramadan break-fast, bringing together Muslims with Hindu, Sikh, Christian, and Jewish friends at Temple Bat Yahm. The evening’s iftar emphasized embracing friendship and welcoming diversity of race, religion, and culture. Arab America
ABC7 covered AMWEC’s townhall uniting Jews and Muslim to combat hate. Event partners included the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the Anti-Defamation League, Olive Tree Initiative, and the Islamic Educational Center of Orange County. AMWEC leaders addressed the townhall alongside Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief Michael Downing
On the sidelines of the 2016 convention of the Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America, AMWEC President Anila Ali spoke to the American Muslim Institution’s Mike Ghouse about our organization’s community work in a segement called “Empowering Muslim Women.”
AMWEC joined the Los Angeles Police Department to hold a special Ramadan break-fast open to all at the Anatolia Cultural Center. The evening’s theme: “Stand together as one humanity against hate and bigotry.”
ABC7 News featured spotlighted AMWEC’s “Internship Program [that] Encourages Muslim Girls to Pursue Law Enforcement Careers.” It spotlighted teenagers like Ausna Haris, a Muslim student who dreams of becoming an FBI agent. The show also quoted AMWEC President Anila Ali noting that “women are under-represented in law enforcement, and Muslim women even more under-represented.”
AMWEC’s annual women’s leadership conference was held at Knott’s Berry Farm Resort Hotel under the title: “American Muslims and Their Crucial Role in Countering Violent Extremism.” at Knott’s Berry Farm Resort Hotel. The conference was followed by an Empowerment Bazaar showcasing American Muslim women’s efforts to engage, inform, and integrate into the fabric of mainstream America. Speakers included Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, US Attorney General Stephanie Yonekura, and FBI Assistant Director in Charge David Bowdich (among others).
AMWEC President Anila Ali spoke at the White House Summit for Countering Violent Extremism. Her panel was covered on C-SPAN. Ali used the occasion to discuss the unique aspects of the Muslim American community and how empowering Muslim women can be an effective tool to counter the extremist narrative and protect children.
AMWEC has launched a collaboration with the Women, Politics, and Activism Project run by The Lawrence de Graaf Center for Oral and Public History at California State University Fullerton. AMWEC leaders are sharing their oral testimonies and personal stories with the archive.