An award-winning Iraqi lawyer and activist for women’s rights from Sadr City in Baghdad, Suaad Allami founded the NGO “Women for Progress” in 2007. It manages a legal clinic and “one-stop shop” for legislative advocacy, domestic violence counselling, vocational training and other services. She was invited to speak at this year’s Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security on 28 October, which focuses on displaced women as leaders and survivors.
As Boston police Captain Haseeb Hosein, a former science teacher and a firm believer in the power of reading, assumes leadership in Mattapan as the department’s first Muslim captain, he plans to have his officers walking not only the streets, but school hallways.
“I want my guys to go into the schools and spend 30 minutes and read” with a child, said Hosein, 52, who received his captain’s shield Wednesday in a ceremony at police headquarters. “I hate that police officers are always the bad guy. We should be an asset.”
Dr. Saud Anwar, a Democrat, was elected as the first Muslim mayor of South Windsor.
On Sunday, with no precedent in Norwegian history, Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg appointed Hadia Tajik, a 29-year-old Muslim woman, as minister of culture, making Tajik the youngest minister in the Norwegian Cabinet and the first ever Muslim in the Norwegian government.
Emine Erdoğan, the Turkish prime minister Tayyip Erdogan’s wife, on Friday visited Rohingya Muslims staying in the Banduba refugee camp in the Myanmar coastal state of Rakhine and delivered aid to the Rohingya Muslim refugees.
Emine Erdoğan embracing a Rohingya Muslim woman during her visit.
Halim Dhanidina, who spent 14 years as a Los Angeles County deputy district attorney, was appointed to a California Superior Court judgeship May 18 by Governor Jerry Brown.Halim is the first Muslim Superior Court Judge in California.
Pakistan’s Deputy Attorney-General, Khurshid Khan cleans the shoes of thousands of devotees at India’s Golden Temple in Amritsar in ‘penance’ for the beheading of a Sikh in Peshawar two years ago.
Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley made an historic decision on September 28, 2011, appointing a Muslim, Judge Hassan Ali El-Amin, to Maryland’s highest court.
Judge El-Amin is now one of seven Circuit Court judges in Maryland; he will serve in Prince George’s County, having served as a District Court judge in the county since July 25, 2000.
M. Osman Siddique is an American politician and former diplomat. He served as the United States Ambassador to the Republic of Fiji and to the Republic of Nauru, to the Kingdom of Tonga and to Tuvalu from 1999-2001. He was the US Ambassador during the 2000 Fijian coup d’état. Siddique is believed to be the second American-Muslim to be appointed as an Ambassador from the United States; the first was Robert D. Crane, appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1981 as U.S. ambassador to the United Arab Emirates.
Tawakel Karman (Arabic: توكل كرمان Tawakkul Karmān) (Anglicised: Tawakel, Tawakkol, Tawakkul or Tawakel Abdel-Salam Karman) (born 7 February 1979) is a Yemeni journalist and politician who is a senior member of Al-Islah and a human rights activist who heads the group Women Journalists Without Chains, which she co-founded in 2005. Karman gained prominence in her country after 2005 in her roles as a Yemeni journalist and an advocate for a mobile phone news service in 2007, after which she led protests for press freedom. Karman organized weekly protests after May 2007. She then became the international public face of the 2011 Yemeni uprising that was a part of the Arab Spring. She has been called by Yemenis the “Iron Woman” and “Mother of the Revolution”. She is a co-recipient of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize and the first Arab woman and first Yemeni citizen to win a Nobel Prize.