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