Mar
29
7:00 PM19:00

7th Annual Justice For Women Lecture

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A businesswoman turned peace activist, Mariam Jalabi is Director of the Syrian National Coalition’s office at the United Nations in New York. Born in Damascus and raised in the Golan Heights, Ms. Jalabi ran a fashion company, advancing women’s freedom of movement through clothing, until the revolution began in 2011.

Ms. Jalabi then shifted to political work, advocating for democracy and gender equality as a founding member of the Syrian Non-Violence Movement. She led events and rallies in support of the Syrian revolution and joined the largest political opposition group, the Syrian National Coalition. She has directed the coalition’s New York office to the UN since 2013.

A passionate advocate for women’s inclusion in the Syrian peace process, Ms. Jalabi has counseled negotiators for the Syrian opposition as a member of the Women’s Advisory Committee to the talks. In her work with the Syrian Women’s Network and the Syrian Feminist Lobby, she has spearheaded numerous initiatives to expand the political participation of Syrian women and minorities, as well as to increase their presence in the media.

Ms. Jalabi is an independent business owner with degrees in political science from McGill University in Montreal and fashion design from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. True to what Syria represents, she has a rich multi-ethnic cultural background and is fluent in English, Arabic, and Circassian.

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Oct
5
5:00 PM17:00

Opening Reception: JFW Photo Exhibit

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Join us for a reception celebrating the 23 amazing young women participants of the exhibit at the University of Southern Maine Lewiston-Auburn College on October 5th from 5:00-7:00 pm. 

About the Exhibit: In 2017, the Justice For Women Lecture (JFW) Series welcomed Zainah Anwar of Malaysia. Ms. Anwar is the director of Musawah, a global movement for equality and justice in the Muslim family and a founding member and former executive director of Sisters in Islam. She is at the forefront of the Islamic feminist movement, which seeks to end the use of Islam to justify discrimination against women. 

The portraits and accompanying writings featured in “Life as a Muslim Girl in Maine" were inspired by Ms. Anwar’s meetings with young women at Deering High School and Lewiston High School as part of the JFW program this past March. Students met in small groups with Ms. Anwar and shared their stories and experiences as Muslim women. Learning about Ms. Anwar’s work motivated these young women to participate in the creation of this exhibit.

The exhibit will be on view at the Atrium Gallery at the University of Southern Maine Lewiston-Auburn College from September 18-November 9, 2017. It is free and open to the public.

Exhibit Partners: "Life as a Muslim Girl in Maine" is made possible by a grant from Maine Humanities Council which was matched by Lee International.
We would like to thank Catherine Frost, the photographer, for her beautiful work and her support of JFW and the young women who are featured in this exhibit. We would like to thank our framer, Johanna Moore of Lone Pine Projects. Additionally, we would like to thank the following organizations and individuals for their generous support: City of Portland, Maine, Jenn Carter and Lewiston 21st Century, Maine College of Art, and Sarah Shmitt and Portland Public Schools.

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Sep
18
to Nov 9

Photo Exhibit: Life as a Muslim Girl in Maine - Thoughts, Stories, and Images

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The Justice For Women Lecture (JFW) Series presents "Life as a Muslim Girl in Maine: Thoughts, Stories, and Images," a photo exhibit featuring images by Catherine Frost and inspired by the 2017 Justice For Women Lecture. The exhibit will be on view at the Atrium Gallery at the University of Southern Maine Lewiston-Auburn College from September 18-November 9, 2017. A reception celebrating the 23 amazing young women participants will be held on Thursday, October 5th.

About the Exhibit: In 2017, the Justice For Women Lecture (JFW) Series welcomed Zainah Anwar of Malaysia. Ms. Anwar is the director of Musawah, a global movement for equality and justice in the Muslim family and a founding member and former executive director of Sisters in Islam. She is at the forefront of the Islamic feminist movement, which seeks to end the use of Islam to justify discrimination against women. 

The portraits and accompanying writings featured in “Life as a Muslim Girl in Maine" were inspired by Ms. Anwar’s meetings with young women at Deering High School and Lewiston High School as part of the JFW program this past March. Students met in small groups with Ms. Anwar and shared their stories and experiences as Muslim women. Learning about Ms. Anwar’s work motivated these young women to participate in the creation of this exhibit.

The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Exhibit Partners: "Life as a Muslim Girl in Maine" is made possible by a grant from Maine Humanities Council which was matched by Lee International.
We would like to thank Catherine Frost, the photographer, for her beautiful work and her support of JFW and the young women who are featured in this exhibit. We would like to thank our framer, Johanna Moore of Lone Pine Projects. Additionally, we would like to thank the following organizations and individuals for their generous support: City of Portland, Maine, Jenn Carter and Lewiston 21st CenturyMaine College of Art, and Sarah Shmitt and Portland Public Schools.

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Sep
11
5:30 PM17:30

The Uncondemned Screening

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"The Uncondemned" tells the gripping and world-changing story of a group of young international lawyers and activists who fought to make rape a crime of war, and the Rwandan women who came forward to testify and win justice where there had been none. Up until this point, rape had not been prosecuted as a war crime and was committed with impunity. A courtroom thriller and personal human drama, "The Uncondemned" beautifully interweaves the stories of the characters in this odyssey, leading to the trial at an international criminal court--and the results that changed the world of criminal justice forever.

After the screening there will be an open "Talk Back" with the film maker and a member of the prosecution team.

Read more> http://www.theuncondemned.com/

This event is free, but donations of any amount will be taken at the door.

Brought to the people of Maine by the University of Maine School of LawCatherine A. Lee of Lee International and Portland Museum of Art.

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