MPV at the UN

Upcoming Events in May
MPV Chapters & Affiliates Updates
MPV in the News

MPV at the UN

Observatory on the Universality of Rights
We're happy to share with you the launch of a new platform called the "Observatory on the Universality of Rights" (OURs). The OURs Working Group is made up of organizations and activists, including Muslims for Progressive Values (MPV), who work to protect and promote the universality of rights. Human rights are universal but anti-rights initiatives are attacking the systems that are supposed to protect our rights. The OURs platform provides information and resources to safeguard the universality of rights: from quick-to-use tools to in-depth analysis and reports. This is the new go-to place to find key information and resources on how to safeguard our human rights, including resources from MPV.

Our latest #ImamsForShe workshop "In Conversation with #ImamsForShe Champions: Workshops on Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls Together" was featured in the CSW60 report by the PeaceWomen Programme of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. Read the report here.
Upcoming Events in May
Ask A Muslim
“Ask A Muslim” is a monthly series which is free and open to the public that addresses some of the most pressing questions surrounding Islam today. It takes place on the first Thursday every month at The Markaz, Arts Center for the Greater Middle East. Please RSVP via Facebook event.

Come learn everything your mosque doesn't want to talk about, your imam and religious teachers have NOT taught you. We’ll be covering women’s rights in Islam:

1. Can Muslim women lead a co-ed congregation in prayer?
2. ‘honor’ killing
3. Hijab/niqab – cultural, anthropological, theological influences
4. Female genital mutilation/cutting
5. Is interfaith marriage permissible for Muslim women?

Presented by Muslims for Progressive Values and The Markaz, and sponsored in part by the A & A Fund and Bana & Nabil Hilal.
al-imam Documentary
Join us for the screening of al-imam: a documentary about MPV's President and Founder Ani Zonneveld on May 6, 2016 at Norris Theatre USC in Los Angeles. Screening begins at 7:30 p.m., with reception to follow immediately afterward. Admission is free. Seating is first-come, first-served, and screenings are always full, so arrive early! Learn more here.
Launching MPV-San Francisco May 15th!
If you are local to the Bay Area and would like to stay engaged with a progressive-minded Muslim community, please join us!
Coming Out Muslim
MPV-DC is hosting the very popular, moving, heart-breaking, uplifting, funny Coming Out Muslim, the play, May 21st. We encourage Muslims, especially imams and Muslim community leaders to attend. Healing will only happen when we recognize the suffering we have created with our prejudices. Purchase your tickets today.
MPV Chapters and Affiliates Update
Pictured: Fenna ten Berge (left) and Anissa Buzhu (right)MPV Nederland
On April 11, 2016, MPV Nederland hosted its first event in The Hague examining where the progressive Muslims are in the Netherlands.

An interactive gathering, the main goal of the event was to stimulate conversation about progressive Muslims in the Netherlands and to introduce policy makers, civil society actors and youth to the work of MPV Nederland and MPV as a global faith-based human rights organization. The event included welcoming words by Ani Zonneveld (via Skype), opening remarks by Anissa Buzhu, an introduction to MPV Nederland by Fenna ten Berge,  and a presentation about MPV by Shafferan Sonneveld, followed by an informal discussion with attendees. 

Read the summary of the event in Dutch here.

Many thanks again to Anissa Buzhu and Willem Jansen of Initiatives of Change! Learn more about MPV Nederland’s activities by visiting our websiteFacebook page and Twitter page.
MPV Malaysia (Komuniti Muslim Universal - KMU)
MPV Malaysia’s Director giving a speech during the interfaith dialogue.
In April 25, MPV Malaysia and Kairos Dialogue Network organized a Muslim-Christian interfaith dialogue and Mass Service. The aim of the program was to promote understanding, experience and enhance knowledge regarding denomination, faith and religion. It was a good exposure as for many of us it was the first time visiting a church and observing Sunday Mass. Representatives from Ahmadiyya Community were also present in sharing issues faced by the Ahmadiyya community n Malaysia during the Muslim-Christian interfaith dialogue.It was an eye-opening event to everyone, especially with all the heated religious issues in Malaysia. We are planning to have more interfaith collaborations. If you're interested in collaborating in this interfaith dialogue, please contact
MPV Malaysia’s Media Manager Khadija giving her view on the framework of U-Report.
MPV Malaysia has joined UNICEF U-Report workshop. U-Report is a program that lets youth speak out on issues that matters to them and their community. The workshop focused on how to do a framework and discussion topics as U-Reporters.
MPV Malaysia is part of a Malaysian Network of NGOs and activists that highlights any oppressive actions that are being taken towards marginalized or oppressed communities. They were mentioned in the Free Malaysia Today regarding opinions on islamic authority that raided a dinner event for a transwoman in a prestigious hotel in Malaysia. You can read more a here.
MPV In the News
     Ani was featured on Thom Hartmann's Radio Show talking about
creating a 21st Century Sharia Law, on April 18th.
MuftahTransgender Muslims in America Fight Bigotry on Two Fronts | April 15, 2016
Thom Hartmann Radio Show | Creating a 21st Century Shari'a Law | April 18, 2016
The Huffington PostWhat Allah Means To Muslims | April 19, 2016
MPV-Malaysia: It’s time for Malaysian Muslims to choose | April 7, 2016 | Muslim NGO slams Jawi over transgender dinner raid | April 8, 2016 | Bagaimana untuk melawan radikalisme | April 25, 2016
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