I am proud to announce that The Coalition for the Advancement of Moslem Women Scholarship is in its 4th year, with new scholarships rewarded to two deserving High School graduates who began their college educations this fall. I am hosting an appreciation dinner/feast/event on September 28 from 6:00-10:00 p.m. at my home in Williamsville. The theme for this years’ extravaganza is “Soufra”. We will begin with a spectacular tasting selection of appetizers, prepared by Aziza Alnaas, a Syrian refugee who arrived in 2015 through Journey's End with her husband and 4 children. She is currently learning English at ECCN and her goal is to open her own catering business. This will be followed by a sit-down feast featuring sumptuous Persian
rice specialties. This is going to be a one-of-a-kind event,
not to be missed. After 23 years, this will also be the final
event I will be hosting at 51 Waterford Park, as I have
sold my beloved home. Let’s celebrate the memories
we cherish and the good we have accomplished between
The Coalition for the Advancement of Moslem Women, myself, and the UB Law School are planning a dedication event to celebrate the Law school’s role in the development and creation of the Declaration of Equalities for Muslim Women (attached). It was written by my students under my direction the 2013-2014 school year. We plan to unveil and dedicate an original copy of the Declaration at the Law school onMarch 8 in O’Brien Hall at 5:30-6:30 with reception to follow.
The Declaration of Equalities for Muslim Women is a document inspired by Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s Declaration of Sentiments. Similarly, it is a list of demands aimed at addressing some of the many injustices and inequalities facing Muslim women today. This document was officially presented in Seneca Falls New York in 2014, and is housed on permanent exhibit at the Women’s Rights National Historical Park. The Declaration, along with a short documentary, has been seen by thousands of individuals visiting the Park annually. In addition, I have had the honor of presenting the document and soliciting supporting signatures annually during the Convention Days celebration in Seneca Falls New York. I believe that this document can not only have major historical significance, but can also be a catalyst to creating social change in the area of human rights. I believe that the U.B. community can take a great deal of pride and ownership for this document. The March 8th event is to honor the writers and celebrate the Declaration at its origin. Please consider coming and supporting this endeavor.
Nadia N Shahram
For more information about the Declaration of Equalities for Muslim Women please follow the link to view the 2014 Documentary short on the unveiling of the document in Seneca Falls.
This is the second event as part of our
Economic Empowerment of Women Program.
We are actively working on developing a
Self-sustained entrepreneurship coalition
for refugee women in Buffalo New York.