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Female students and academics from Islamabad participate in panel discussions across Los Angeles

Eight female members of the Critical Thinking Forum from the International Islamic University, Islamabad are coming to Los Angeles on July 7 to participate in five panel discussions across Los Angeles. Te trip is called, "Consciousness Raising of Pakistani women on Academic and Social Issues."

The students are muslims and are working on women's empowerment in Pakistan. They are here to share their culture with women's groups and organizations in order to foster dialogue between our two countries. Dr. Munazza Yaqoob is the Project Director and is also the founder of the CTF. This is a U.S. State Department funded trip. Altadena-based filmmaker of “Feminist: Stories from Women's Liberation” and writer, Jennifer Hall Lee, is the U.S. coordinator for the trip.

All five panel discussions are sponsored by the host venue:

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  • The 1st discussion is on 7/10 at 2 pm at the Los Angeles Central Library and it aims to dismantle our mutual stereotypes.
  • The 2nd panel is at the West Hollywood Library on 7/17 at 6:30 pm and confronts the images the U.S. media presents of women in Pakistan and the United States – think of images of women in burkas compared to the Kardashians! (Co-sponsored by City of West Hollywood Women's Advisory Board.)
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  • The 3rd panel is at the Santa Monica Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) on 7/19 at noon and the discussion is on religion and how women can contribute in peace making efforts.
  • The 4th panel is at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising for students and faculty on 7/19 at 2 pm and looks at fashion in Pakistan and the United States.
  • The 5th panel is on 7/21 at 4:30 at Cottonwood Canyon in Pasadena and is about creating urban green spaces in California and in Islamabad. Islamabad has environmentalists working to “go green.”

Dr. Yaqoob says “The trip is important because it is a good opportunity for Pakistani women to have share social experience. They can discover common grounds through discussion and dialogue with American women and civil society." Ms. Lee says, “It will be revealing because we often accept media representations of women as truth.”

Filmmaker and Writer Lee Director Lee is an award-winning filmmaker and published writer. Her film FEMINIST: STORIES FROM WOMEN’S LIBERATION has been screened around the world. She has screened and presented at numerous venues including the International Islamic University, Islamabad. She has an essay in the new book, “Love Her, Love Her Not: Te Hillary Paradox.” Please see below here for a detailed flyer on all panels.

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Jennifer Hall Lee
From Islamabad to Los Angeles
818.219.9339

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