From the Arab Spring to the U.S. State Department, we are seeing unprecedented numbers of Muslim women involved in shaping their countries. Yet why do so many still view Muslim women as weak, subjugated, and voiceless? Muslim women from the Bay Area and around the world come together for an afternoon of discussion on topics ranging from the veil to art to feminism in Islam—does it exist? What question have you always wanted to ask a Muslim woman? Ready to hear the answer? For one unforgettable afternoon, fearless reformers and artists will gather to redefine what it means to be a modern Muslim woman.

This event celebrates the launch of IMOW’s newest exhibition, Muslima: Muslim Women’s Arts & Voices. Meet IMOW’s local and global Muslima contributors who are participating in the making of the exhibition, hear from curator Samina Ali, experience a spoken word performance, see multimedia from the online exhibition and bring your questions for the panel. Moderator Hana Baba (USA/Sudan) will be in conversation with Muslima contributors Susu Attar (USA/Iraq), Uzma Andresen (Denmark), Bailallie Lidasan (Philippines/Maguindanao/ Maranaw), Daliah Merzaban (Egypt/Canada/UAE), and curator, Samina Ali (USA/India).

Event details: Saturday, May 18, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. at Futures Without Violence, located in The Presidio National Park, 100 Montgomery Street between Bliss Street and Sheridan Avenue, The Presidio, San Francisco, 94129. This is across the street from the Presidio Bowling Center and up the block from The Presidio Visitor Center and Walt Disney Family Museum. Directions & Map and Public Transit Options. For more information visit or email

Doors open at 1:30 p.m; program begins at 2:00 p.m.; reception follows at 3:30 p.m. Advance registration is required by Thursday, May 16. Tickets will be held at the door; please bring your ID. Register online at or go to

Muslima: Muslim Women’s Art & Voices is a global online exhibition from the International Museum of Women. Major funding for the project has been provided by the MetLife Foundation and by Museums Connectâ„ , made possible by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the American Alliance of Museums. Museums Connectâ„  partners include the International Museum of Women, the Women’s Museum in Denmark, the Ayala Museum in the Philippines, and the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization in Sharjah, U.A.E. Additional support comes from the Global Fund for Women. Visit Muslima online at