Research Questionnaire for Married Arab-American Women

Attention to all married Arab-American women: Dr. Randa Nasser, a professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Birzeit University in Palestine, is conducting research to examine Arab Americans' attitudes and behaviors toward women's education and employment in the labor market. If you are a married Arab-American woman, please download and fill out this questionnaire and return it to Dr. Randa Nasser at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Your participation in this research is important for achieving a more accurate and realistic picture of the motives behind education and employment for Arab women in America. Please share widely!

7th Arab Women's Conference

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This year’s Arab Women’s Conference is themed “‘Quwat Al Mar’aa: The Power of Woman’” and highlights Arab women’s work to empower themselves and others, from home lives to social movements. What are the creative ways that Arab women across the Arab world and in diaspora have built our personal and collective power?    How do Arab women’s diverse backgrounds in terms of class, religion and sect, nationality, gender identity and sexuality affect our experiences of power?    What can Arab women do to heal the divides and damage created by different forms of oppression we face and grow our collective power across our differences? This year’s conference aims to highlight Arab women's incredible work to empower their communities and each other and to share tools for the collective empowerment and growth of our beautifully diverse community.  


9:30-10:00 Registrations and Breakfast

10-10:30 Welcome and Opening Musical Performance --Fatima Lahlou

10:30-11:15 Panel I: Empowered Arab Women’s Health: Nourishing Ourselves, Caring for Our Bodies -- Dr. Rania Awad + TBA

11:20-12:05 Panel II: Legacies for Our Daughters: Visions of Arab Womanhood -- Hanan Rasheed + Rawan Bondogji

12:15-1:00 Workshop Session I
Workshop A. Jewelry-Making -- Sana Abassi
Workshop B. Exploring Our Relationship with Empowerment -- Nora Takieddine
Workshop C. Empowerment through an Understanding of Identity -- Norma Kehdi

1:00-2:00 Lunch

2:00-2:45 Workshop Session II
Workshop A. Jewelry-Making -- Sana Abassi
Workshop B. Exploring Our Relationship with Empowerment -- Nora Takieddine
Workshop C. Empowerment through an Understanding of Identity -- Norma Kehdi

3:00-3:45 Panel III: Arab Women in Social Movements: Empowering our Communities at Home and in the Homelands -- Sara Salem (Post 2011 Revolution : Egyptian Women organizing against sexual harrassement) + Soraya Hosni (Launch of Take on Hate Campaign SF)

3:55-4:40 Panel IV: Renaissance of the Arts in the Arab World: Empowered Arab Women in Contemporary Arts -- Sana Abassi + Naima Shalhoub

4:45-5:00 Closing Musical Performance -- Naima Shalhoub


 Sign up to Volunteer We need support making this conference a success! Volunteers attend for free and get other perks. Sign up here:



Past Conference speakers and performers have included: Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi, Randa Jarrar, Warsan Shire, Leila Buck, Dr. Laila Farrah, Elmaz Abinader, and Dr. Suad Amiry, among others. Check out past conferences here and here 





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Become a member of the ACCC Family before November 26th and enter to win a ticket to the much-anticipated Mohammad Assaf Stars on Tour Concert in San Jose on November 29th

Your membership support allows the ACCC to continue to provide essential programs and services including ESL and life skills courses for immigrant women, domestic violence and sexual assault case management, cultural programming, Arabic language courses, after-school youth empowerment programs and more. When we receive your membership payment online or by mail by November 26th, you will automatically be entered into a lottery to win a ticket to the Mohammad Assaf concert!


Become an ACCC Monthly Sustainer before November 26th and enter to win an EXCLUSIVE SOLD-OUT VIP TICKET to the Mohammad Assaf Stars on Tour Concert (a $110 value)!

For just $1 a day, you can become an ACCC monthly sustainer, making your contribution to ensuring our ability to continue providing essential social services and sophisticated cultural programming to the Bay Area Arab community year round. For just $1 a day, you can help pay a disabled client's rent, help a survivor of domestic violence move to a new home, tutor a struggling student, or fix our building which is need of repairs! 


As a monthly sustainer, you will receive complimentary annual ACCC membership and benefits, as well as exclusive sustainer benefits. We will automatically process your credit/debit payment once a month, and your donation is entirely tax deductible! When we receive your monthly sustainer pledge of minimum $30/month online beforeNovember 26th, you will be automatically entered into a lottery to win an exclusive sold-out VIP Mohammad Assaf Concert ticket ($110 value)! 


For more info or with any questions, please contact our Membership Coordinator Zaynah at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us at the office at (415) 664-2200.


ACCC Stands in Solidarity with Rasmea Odeh

The Arab Cultural and Community Center (ACCC) joins a broad coalition of over seventy rights groups and community-based organizations in expressing deep concern over the recent indictment of Rasmea Yousef Odeh.

Odeh's indictment occurs in the context of increased intimidation and targeting of Arabs and Muslims in the U.S. by local, state, and federal law enforcement, particularly those who are active in their communities. The ACCC sees such targeting producing a chilling effect on Arab American civic engagement in the US. As Center for Constitutional Rights write in its statement,

Exactly three years ago, 23 anti-war and Palestinian rights activists were subpoenaed to testify before a Grand Jury, and several of their homes were raided by the FBI. There have been no indictments against the 23 activists subpoenaed in 2010, presumably because of a lack of evidence. It is no coincidence that federal prosecutors are now targeting Rasmea, who is a pillar in the same community.
We see such targeting in the law enforcement surveillance policies the ACCC has worked to combat on the local level in San Francisco. Such targeting creates a chilling effect and a culture of fear in our community and impacts our work as an organization aiming to increase civic engagement among U.S. Arabs.

The ACCC questions the motivations for the arrest of Odeh, a naturalized citizen of the US for twenty years, a leader of the Chicago Arab community and a respected colleague. In her decade of service to the Arab American Action Network in Chicago she has supported thousands of Arab community members, particularly disenfranchised Arab women and their families. Earlier this year, she received the "Outstanding Community Leader Award" from the Chicago Cultural Alliance, which described her as a woman who has "dedicated over 40 years of her life to the empowerment of Arab women, first in her homes of Palestine, Jordan, and Lebanon, where she was an activist and practicing attorney, and then the past 10 years in Chicago."

The ACCC condemns politically-motivated attacks on Arab activists in the U.S. and stands in solidarity with our colleague, Rasmea Odeh.

For more information on how to join the campaign to drop the charges against Rasmea Odeh, click here.