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A special lunch briefing with Dalia Ziada, AIC’s Egypt Office Director

Rayburn Office Building – B-340

Monday, March 14th, 2011 at 12:00PM

Please join the American Islamic Congress on Monday, March 14, 2011 for an afternoon featuring Dalia Ziada, the director of the American Islamic Congress’ office in Cairo and a prominent human rights blogger and activist in the Middle East. Ms. Ziada will be speaking on Capitol Hill to provide a firsthand report on the uprising that has shaken Egypt. Having just launched a public debate series on civic challenges facing the new Egypt, Ziada will offer policy makers insight on popular attitudes and identify new opportunities for strengthening liberal democratic culture in the Middle East.

Ziada – recently published in the Washington Post and quoted on the front page of the New York Times – runs grassroots civil rights programming in Egypt, including the groundbreaking Cairo Human Rights Film Festival. Ms. Ziada was also active on the ground during the protests that took place last month in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, distributing an Arabic comic book featuring Martin Luther King, Jr., encouraging non-violent resistance. Ziada is just one the many voices in the Middle East encouraging organic change and full democracy and will provide great, firsthand insight into the issues that Egypt and the Middle East face as the public tries to create functioning, democratic government.

Ziada has recently gained recognition by international media outlets for her brave political activism and women’s right advocacy .The Daily Beast has recognized her as one of the world’s ‘bravest bloggers’ and she was recently awarded the Anna Lindh Euro-Med Award by the Prince of Monaco. Ziada is visiting the US as a presenter at the Women in the World Summit alongside Madeleine Albright, Ashley Judd, and Hillary Clinton.

Lunch will be served. To reserve your space, please call 202-595-3160 or email

The American Islamic Congress is a civil rights organization promoting tolerance and the exchange of ideas among Muslims and between other peoples. With offices in Washington, Boston, Baghdad, Basra, and Cairo, the organization mobilizes Muslims “passionate about moderation” to advocate for free expression, nonviolence, and women’s equality. See http://www.aicongress.orgfor more information.


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