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With great enthusiasm and after much anticipation, the MAAV founding members convened for a strategic planning weekend retreat in Annapolis, Maryland this past July 2010. 

The retreat was graciously funded and sponsored by Dar Al Islam, in its initiative through Project Sakinah to support efforts in the Muslim American community to confront and address gender based violence. MAAV is blessed to have Dar Al Islam as an ally and a supporter of our work. 

All eight of MAAV’s founding members were in attendance and the retreat was facilitated by Hilary Binder-Aviles with Mosaica: Center for Nonprofit Pluralism, a Washington D.C. based non-profit capacity building organization.  MAAV is so grateful to have had Hilary as a facilitator to anchor our discussions and tactfully guide our conversations so that MAAV members could organically determine MAAV’s mission, objectives, shared values and development strategy, among other topics.  In the next couple of months, MAAV will be working on processing information generated from the retreat and executing an intentional recruitment strategy and launch of our collective work. 

MAAV is very excited about the potentials of our growth and look forward to reaching out to the community for folks to join our efforts.  Please stay tuned and check back for further updates.


MAAV Co-Founding Members To Gather this Spring, 2010

MAAV Co-Founders will gather this spring for the first time since the organizations founding in July 2008.  We are excited for the opportunity to build together during a weekend retreat, and develop a shared vision and plan for the organization.

We are limiting this retreat to the co-founding members who have been working to build MAAV since July 2008.  We know this group is not fully representative of the breadth of folks doing critical work in Muslim communities to end violence against women.  This retreat is  just a starting place for MAAV to get more organized; we are committed to growing our network and opening up the space for more to join and strengthen the work.

After the retreat, we plan to share our next steps and launch a (overdue!) recruitment process.  In the meantime, we will not be adding new folks to the listserv until after the retreat.

But we want to know about you, and of your interest in MAAV!  We know you have valuable wisdom and experiences that will help guide us in fostering healthy communities!

If you would like to learn more about MAAV, or to be put on a contact list for when we relaunch our listserv, email:

We hope you will continue to be patient with us, and support our collective efforts to raise awareness, foster dialogue and strengthen advocacy.

Muslim Advocates Against Violence (MAAV)

Muslim Advocates Against Violence (MAAV) is a national network of advocates committed to ending violence against women and supporting healthy communities.

MAAV’s mission is to raise awareness, foster dialogue and strengthen advocacy.

How: As the only national network of Muslim advocates working to end domestic violence, MAAV is a supportive and safe space for Muslim advocates to come together to find solutions to build healthy communities, and discuss issues relevant to their experiences.  MAAV also serves as a collective voice for Muslim advocates working to end domestic violence and create systemic change.

Join Us!

To join our listserve, please answer the following questions and email your responses to maav[dot]info[at]gmail[dot]com, with JOIN MAAV in the subject line.

  • Briefly explain your advocacy work in 1-2 sentences, and include your name, position, organization, work address, work phone, work email, and work website (this information will be kept confidential)

  • Do you identify yourself as a Muslim advocate working against violence?

  • Read the MAAV Pledge and by joining the listserve you are agreeing to the pledge.

Bi-Monthly Discussions

Stay tuned for a 2010 Calendar of topics for our bi-monthly conference call discussions


Muslim Advocates Against Violence (MAAV) is a national network of Muslim women advocates who are committed to ending violence against women and supporting healthy communities.
MAAV's mission is to raise awareness, foster dialogue and strengthen advocacy.

MAAV Co-Founders

Maha Alkhateeb
- Arlington, VA

Anzala Alozie
- Albany, NY

Kulsoom Hassan
- Houston, TX

Shenaaz Janmohamed
- Oakland, CA

Bonita McGee
- Washington, D.C.

Yasmin Turk
- Austin, TX

Mira Yusef
- Des Moines, IA

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