Join the Muslim Community Network and facilitators Mariana Aguilera, Amirah Aulaqi and Nisma Zakria 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 Nisma Zakria 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!
Mariana Aguilera is a convert to Islam. A Latina. A women activist and modest fashion editor. Founder Muslim Women Make, an initiative to make conversations, nourish creativity and celebrate women relations. Also Founder of The Demureist, a modest fashion and women enrichment digital site. At age 23, she became a partner and chief financial officer at her first job out of college. She, her work and words have been featured in the Huffington Post, Vivala, The Atlantic, Radio Islam, Nothwestern University among some.
Amirah Aulaqi, Designer and Owner of Amirah Couture Inc. is a proud fellow of the Edmund De Rothschilds Foundation. Amirah has worked with top Business advisors and experts at the University of Cambridge, Judge Business school completing a Cross Cultural-Social Entrepreneurial fellowship. Amirah currently resides in Manhattan, NYC as a Social Entrepreneur running an internationally recognized fashion company and NYC made brand. In addition to satisfying your clothing tastes and faith, every purchase at Amirah Couture also helps send an impoverished girl to school.
Nisma Zakria is in the graduating class of 2017 at the Macaulay Honors College at the College of Staten Island pursuing a degree in Psychology and Marketing. She is the founder of Unforeseendream, a personalized calligraphy startup, as well as the executive assistant at Breakwater Consulting, LLC, and works as a Karate Coach Assistant specializing in the Shotokan style.