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Offer: Participate in I Speak for Myself: 40 to 40

I SPEAK FOR MYSELF: 40 to 40

This Spring, 40 American Born Muslim Women embarked on a journey sharing themselves with a worldwide audience. In I Speak for Myself: American Women on Being Muslim(Published by White Cloud Press), 40 essayists attempt to contribute to a growing dialogue about faith, feminism, and national identity. Their stories are meant to showcase the diversity in Islam and emphasize their belief that telling one’s own story is the best way to break down barriers, influence, and educate. And while the book is their common denominator, all of the women of I Speak for Myself wish to engage the larger global sisterhood of Muslim women of our generation.

Early next year 2012, “I Speak for Myself: 40 to 40,” will be launched. Each of the 40 women in the book will begin engaging in a cross cultural dialogue with a Muslim woman from another country. Each of ISFM’s contributors will be paired with one Muslim woman in another country with the ultimate goal of creating 40 bonds with 40 women in 40 different countries. This dialogue will continue for the rest of the year and could take the form of emails, phone calls, photo exchanges, Skype conversations, and even possibly in-person meetings. Where these conversations are headed, we don’t know. The one thing we do know is that like the mission of our book, this conversation and our stories are a needed part of a global conversation that will ultimately strengthen us all.

40 to 40 has recently been adopted by a non-profit sponsor (the International Museum of Women http://www.imow.org/home/index, which will partner with us to turn our dialogues into an online multimedia project, pending funding. We are expected to launch the online portion of the intiative next Fall 2012, focusing the first 3 quarters of the year on initiating and capturing our participants' dialogues. The initiative is centered on each participant's committment to engaging in dialogue with one Muslim woman from America (via FB, twitter, Skype, email, phone) and then participating in group conversations online. Conversations must be in English, and will be captured by the project's coordinators and displayed online in some capacity. I will be sending along more details as we get them once this partnership is formalized.

We are seeking Muslim women who are around 40 years of age or younger, who were born/raised in the Middle East, Africa, Southeast Asia, East Asia, Europe, and Latin America. If you have suggestions, please let us know. For more information, reach the book’s co-editor, Maria Ebrahimji at maria.ebrahimji [at] gmail.com

Comments

irmia's picture

Wold love to participate

Hi Breese:

I am interested in this project, and would really love to participate.
I emailed Maria, but it was failed.

Is there any other email? :)

Thank you.

Mia

Breese's picture

email address

Hi Mia,
I'm so glad you're interested! When you tried to email Maria, did you change [at] to @? It's written that way in the REX post so that spam programs don't pick up her email address when they scan websites. When you email Maria, make sure you just change it to @ so that is is a normal email address. Let me know if you continue to have trouble.

Thanks!
Breese

irmia's picture

It has been sent! :)

Hi Breese:

I made a little mistake. I've just found out that the letter "g" was missing (so it was only ...mail.com). That's why it was failed :)

Thanks!
Mia

amiesissoho's picture

I would like to participate

Hi Breese,

This sounds like an interesting way to say Being Muslim and Feminist is possible and not also homogeneous reality.
I am interested and will like to be part of this project.

Amie

Amie

Breese's picture

Hi Amie, So glad you're

Hi Amie,
So glad you're interested in participating, please email Maria to learn more. Thanks!

amiesissoho's picture

Thanks I'll do so.

Thanks I'll do so.

Amie

I would like to participate in this wonderful program.

Dudziro Nhengu

Breese's picture

Hi Dudziro, So glad you're

Hi Dudziro,
So glad you're interested in participating, please email Maria to learn more. Thanks!

My emails to maria keep bouncing back, is there an alternative email address?
Dudziro

Dudziro Nhengu

Breese's picture

When you tried to email

When you tried to email Maria, did you change [at] to @? It's written that way in the REX post so that automated spam programs don't pick up her email address when they scan websites. When you email Maria, make sure you just change it to "@" so that is is a normal email address. Let me know if you continue to have trouble.

chibairo's picture

Emailing Maria

Bingo, it went through this time. Thanks
Dudzi

Dudziro Nhengu

Breese's picture

Excellent!

Excellent!

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