Zainah Anwar of Malaysia, a founding member of Sisters in Islam and the Director of Musawah, the global movement for equality and justice in the Muslim family, will speak with Deering High School students about those issues on Tuesday, March 21.
Anwar is at the forefront of the women's movement working towards an end of the use of Islam to justify discrimination against women. Sisters in Islam has successfully created a public voice through which women can demand equality and justice. Musawah has brought together scholars and activists from over 50 countries to produce new feminist scholarship in Islam, to train activists on women's rights in Islam, and to challenge the evasion of human rights standards.
After Anwar’s presentation, which begins at 9:30 a.m., she will take questions from Deering students and staff. Following Anwar's talk, four young Muslims from the Portland community will take questions from interested Deering students and staff about life as a Muslim woman.
Anwar is in Maine to deliver the University of Maine School of Law’s sixth annual Justice for Women Lecture on Thursday, March 23, at 7 p.m. at the Abromson Community Education Center. Her talk is titled: “What Islam, Whose Islam? The Struggle for Women’s Right to Equality and Justice in Muslim Contexts.” To learn more about that event, go to: http://mainelaw.maine.edu/events/justice-for-women-lecture/
Anwar is a former member of the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia. She writes a column, "Sharing the Nation," for The Star. Her book, “Islamic Revivalism in Malaysia: Dakwah Among Students,” has become a standard reference in the study of Islam in Malaysia.
As a member of the International Studies School Network (ISSN), Deering offers opportunities and curriculum to help students investigate the world, recognize perspectives, communicate ideas and take action.