Join the Muslim Community Network and facilitators Zainab Ismail and Rana AbdelHamid as we confront fear and violence against women and help each other build community in a time of fear and heightened Islamophobia. Take part in an open discussion as we share experiences and learn a variety of creative ways to feel empowered and supportive of each other. The conversation will be followed by a 45 minute self defense class led by Rana AbdelHamid and certified instructors from the Center for Anti Violence Education where we will learn to kick, punch and effectively defend ourselves and our families in a variety of situations.
This workshop is open to all! Space is limited, so RSVP is required!
Zainab Ismail has been helping clients achieve their goals in health and fitness for 20 years in New York City. She is a graduate Fellow of Applied Functional Science from The Gray Institute and Nutrition for life nutrition coach. Zainab has been a facilitator for The National Academy of Sports Medicine and Master Trainer for Free Motion Fitness. Zainab has lectured in several fitness centers here in the US as well as in Hong Kong and Malaysia. Zainab has also presented at the national conferences ICNA and ISNA teaching exercise/nutrition to Muslim women. Zainab presented at the University of Toronto’s Holistic Well-Being Symposium in 2015 sponsored by the Muslim Chaplaincy on Prophetic nutrition and physical health. As a full-time therapist, she integrates an eclectic approach of soft-tissue therapy, movement conditioning and nutrition coaching in New York City
Rana Abdelhamid is the Founding President of the Women's Initiative for Self Empowerment (WISE), a self-defense, leadership and entrepreneurship program for young Muslim women in New York City. Over the past seven years, WISE has engaged close to a thousand participants through programs across the US, Europe and most recently, the Middle East. Abdelhamid has been featured in the Huffington Post, Elle.com, Mic.com, CBS and PBS. She has conducted extensive political science and economics research on the inclusion of Muslim minority communities in New York City and Madrid. She is currently a second year Masters in Public Policy student at the Harvard Kennedy School where she is involved with the Muslim Caucus, the Harvard iLab Program and the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Rana is a recipient of the UNAUSA Leo Nevas Human Rights Youth Award, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship and the Running Start Rising Political Star Award. She was recently named one of BBC's 2016 Top 100 Women.