NAAWA was honored to have Congresswomen Rashida Harbi Tlaib as our special Guest Speaker for 2019 IWD . She is an American politician and lawyer serving as the U.S. Representative for Michigan's 13th congressional district since 2019.
During the month of August , the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) hosted an event in partnership with the National Arab American Women’s Association (NAAWA), where a group of social studies teachers from Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) came to visit IIIT HQ to engage in a discussion about how best to teach students about the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, Islam, and other issues relevant to the Arab and Muslim world.
During the month of June, NAAWA co-sponsored the unforgettable Mesopotamia event where Shahrazad, in her journey across time, took us back to the first civilization known to mankind where we saw the portraits of the ancient civilization of Mesopotamia (Iraq), and discovered its art, heritage, and culture.
The Education Outreach Program (EOP) held a teacher appreciation event on May 2nd. It was the first gathering of educators from Fairfax County and Loudon County public schools in addition to School Board members and candidates running for the school board. The goal of the event was to introduce educators to the culture and life of people in the Middle East, with emphasis on the contributions of Arab Americans to American society, culture, and education systems. The event also addressed misrepresentations of Middle Eastern history and culture in the education system. The event was attended by about 50 teachers, administrators, parents, and school board members, as well as NAAWA Board members and EOP volunteers.
The event included small group discussions on the social studies textbooks and ways NAAWA can contribute in providing accurate information as well as supplemental materials to introduce the Middle East to students in an inclusive and equitable manner. The various groups also discussed next steps and further action needed to promote this collaborative effort. Some ideas included inviting NAAWA members to speak at schools, participate in equity events planned in both counties and professional development days, and parents' evenings.
During the month of April, NAAWA participated with Kalimah Programs to celebrate the Arab Heritage Month at John Hopkins University.
On February 7, 2019 two members of the Education Outreach Committee addressed the Fairfax County school board regarding some of the inaccuracies about Arabs and the harm caused by misrepresenting the Arab world.
April 2018 Dinner Gala The theme of this year’s event was “Art, Fashion and Culture,” which focused on the artistic and cultural talents of Arab American Women. Guest speakers were: Ammar Campa Najjar, Candidate for Congress 2018, California. Maya Berry, Executive Director of the Arab American Institute. Candace Lightner, founder of “Mothers against Drunk Driving (MAAD)” and “We Save Lives.” Proceeds of the event were donated to “Americans for the Children of the Middle East,” the US sister charity of “Unite Lebanon Youth Project” that provides college education scholarships for refugee students in Lebanon.
During the month of November, the Education Outreach Committee (EOC)had special guest speakers, Paul Noursi and Ghassan Tarazi, updating the audience on (EOC) that NAAWA adopted during the middle of the year.
Teaming up with “Empowered Women International” (EWI) to provide entrepreneurship training, mentoring, market access and support services to help potential women monetize their creative or cultural assets, artistic abilities, knowledge and skills, and become change-makers within their families and communities..
Participated along with other organizations on a workshop “What Can I do? A civic Engagement Workshop” at Langston Hughes Middle School at Reston. • Motivational and Advocacy Presentation by Ms. Candace Lightner, founder of “Mothers against Drunk Driving (MAAD)” and founder of “We Save Lives.”
Professional Presentation and Recognition of Talents in our midst; by Dr. Rasha Hammamieh, Ph.D. Director, Integrative Systems Biology, US Army. • Highlight accomplishments and determination of Arab American Women. A presentation by Ms. Rand T. Shihab, a prominent Iraqi news anchor at Al-Hurra TV, an active journalist and a recognized fashion artist.
Towards empowering Arab American Women Entrepreneurs, NAAWA sponsored and supported recent Syrian immigrants to grow their businesses. Motivational and Inspiring Discussion with Ms. Barbara Ferris, founder of “International Women’s Democracy Center “(IWDC).
NAAWA’s Annual Dinner – Celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD) The theme of the event was “Weaving the Colorful Fabric of America .” Guest speakers were the honorable Allison Silberberg, Mayor of Alexandria, Virginia and Ms. Zaha Hassan, Esq. New America Fellow. NAAWA donated the proceeds of the event to two recognized US charitable organizations for supporting Palestinian and Syrian refugee children and women in Palestine, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon..
During the year 2016 , NAAWA sponsered many events such as Movie & Pizza Events - “The Wanted 18” which was screened In MD, DC &VA. During PCRF Annual Fundraising Gala, NAAWA booked two tables to support PCRF for building a new Pediatric Cancer Center in Gaza. During the month of March, NAAWA celebrated the International Women’s Day at the Sheraton Tysons (VA). Our guest speakers were Lena Alhusseini & Kate Seelye. We were enriched by the art exhibition of Nadia Darwish, Alissar Malouf and Nadia Duchelle. During the dinner we were entertained by Kylie Hilali (Qanun) & Lena Saikaly (Jazz). During the month of April , NAAWA celebrated Arab American Heritage Month in Gaithersburg, MD . Also celebrated the Arab American Heritage Proclamation Month in Fairfax, VA . During the year, NAAWA participated with: Arab America during “Hummus for the Homeless" & “Hattas and Hats” to show Community Support. AAI Workshop - “Yalla Vote Campaign.” NOW, during the Annual Holiday Dinner, NAAWA presented by Dr. Alma Abdul-Hadi Jadallah and Syrian philanthropists Melika Al-Kawas and Malak Mamish from SAWA. During the "Women’s Empowerment Project, " NAAWA hosted Lobna Ismail (Luby), Founder and President of “Connecting Cultures, LLC.”