Call for Submissions: 7th Arab Women's Conference
Deadline: January 15th, 2014 at 5:00pm
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.
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.
For more information on categories and criteria for submission, see below.
SUBMIT A WORKSHOP
The ACCC is looking for workshop proposals from community members who can provide skills-based workshops that align with this year’s Conference theme of creative means for women’s individual and collective empowerment. Workshop areas include:
- Arts and self-expression. For example: creative writing workshop for mothers and daughters, a music workshop, healing through the arts, introduction to traditional Arab crafts
- Health and Personal & Community wellness. For example: Developing community healing skills for survivors of domestic violence, self care for Arab women, unpacking women’s health stigmas, sexual health awareness, cancer awareness and prevention, body-positivity and self-love
- Other skills-based workshops that help empower Arab women. Examples: Negotiation skills for women, job-readiness, financial literacy
- Other exploration-based workshops that offer group critical thinking exercises and trainings. Examples include: unpacking racism and ethnocentricism in Arab spaces, interrogating internalized sexism and gender-policing by women, etc.
SUBMIT A PRESENTATION
The ACCC is looking for engaging, accessible, story-telling/anecdotally-based presentations that relate to this year's theme. We welcome creative takes on the theme and especially invite presentations that highlight the diversity and complexity of Arab women’s identities and experiences and which highlight Arab women's creative strategies in dealing with challenges.
How have Arab women used their diverse identities and social locations (where they sit in terms of class, religion, sexuality, gender identity, etc.) as assets toward building power and resisting oppression? What are examples of creative strategies Arab women have used to fight oppression in their communities and what are some of the challenges they have faced? We invite presentations about both historical and contemporary Arab women and we look for presentations that connect examples of Arab women's empowerment on an individual level with those on a community level (in neighborhoods, schools, communities, etc.), and those on a macro-level (in social movements and transnationally).
**Unlike other conferences, the Arab Women’s Conference is not an academic space, though academics and activists are welcomed to submit accessible, engaging presentations that can be easily understood by the general public. We encourage women in all fields to submit presentations.**
SUBMIT ARTWORK, FILM, OR PERFORMANCES
Are you an artist with work that relates to the conference theme of Arab women’s empowerment? We would love to feature you and your work at the Conference! We are accepting submissions of visual art, film, poetry, fiction, theater, performance art, and musical performances.
Other ways to get involved:
Submit an Entry to Our Essay Contest for Youth (ages 14-20) We are accepting submissions for a young women's essay contest! The winner of the contest will receive a prize and be invited to read her essay at the women's conference in April. Deadline is February 1st, 2014. Submit today at: http://bit.do/arab-essay
MEMBERSHIP PROMOTION: WIN MOHAMMAD ASSAF TICKETS!
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 , you will automatically be entered into a lottery to win a ticket to the Mohammad Assaf concert!
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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 before , you will be automatically entered into a lottery to win an exclusive sold-out VIP Mohammad Assaf Concert ticket ($110 value)!
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.
New Job and Internship Opportunities at the ACCC!
The ACCC is growing its team. Join us!
Mental Health Therapist
You believe in the importance of mental wellness.
You are Bilingual Arabic/English.
You want to work with new immigrants & refugee women from the Arab World.
You are an MFT or LCSW interested in making a significant contribution in this community.
Available to work 40 hours/month.
Mentorship with world-renowned psychiatrist and global health expert.
Flexibility in hours.
Great & dedicated team to grow within.
Academic Tutor Volunteer
You are passionate about education.
You believe in the importance of offering culturally relevant academic tutoring to youth.
You are a commiteded, creative and dedicated mentor.
You are gifted with skills to support underprivileged youth.
You want to be part of a dedicated team that believes in the power of education to transform lives.
Bilingual Arabic/English is a plus.
Professional Development opportunities.
Great & dedicated team to grow within.
To Apply: Fill out an application online at: http://tinyurl.com/ACCCTAMKEEN
Event Curator Intern
You love Arab Contemporary Arts.
You believe in the power of culture to transform humans and societies.
You want to be part of a ground breaking team that creates & curates amazing events.
You want to learn what's going on behind the scenes.
You are organized, creative and joyful. Join Us!
Free tickets for many cultural events in the Bay Area.
An amazing and dedicated team to grow within.
Communications/Social Media Intern
You believe in the importance of media to change the narrative on Arabs & Arab Americans.
You want to grow your skills among a dedicated and visionary team.
You are a social media, blogger & outreach expert.
You are a journalist in training, social scientist or writer who wants to be familiar with the Arab world. Contribute to grow our online presence and join our team.
Possibility for off-site work.
Professionnal Development opportunities.
An amazing and dedicated team to grow within.