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CAIR-CA Hosts Program on Women in Islam


(SANTA CLARA, CA, 6/27/07) – On Saturday, June 23, the San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA), in coordination with the Muslim Community Association (MCA) and Elderhostel, hosted its second “Day of Discovery: Building Bridges to Islam” program, at MCA.

Titled “Women in Islam,” the event’s purpose was to provide Elderhostel members an overview on the status and lives of Muslim women from across the globe.

The program began with presentations on overcoming stereotypes, in which Muslim women speakers of diverse ethnic backgrounds shared their personal experiences. This was followed by a presentation titled “Mary in Islam,” as well as small group discussions, a mosque tour, and observation of the noon prayer. The event concluded with a panel discussion and question and answer session.

“There is a need to challenge prevalent stereotypes related to Muslims, especially the belief that Islam subjugates women,” said Shazia Jafri, CAIR-SFBA Communications Coordinator. “In reaching out and conveying the truth, the Elderhostel program effectively catered to this need.”

CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 33 chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to promote justice, enhance understanding of Islam, and empower American Muslims.

CONTACT: Abiya Ahmed, CAIR-SFBA Media Relations Coordinator,, 408-986-9874


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