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2016 Events

  •  January 17, 2016

    Movie & Pizza Event - A Membership Drive and Networking event was hosted by three members of NAAWA.
    “The Wanted 18,” which is the highly acclaimed Palestinian movie was screened and enjoyed by all the attendees.

  • March 12, 2016

    PCRF Annual Fundraising Gala
    NAAWA booked two tables to support PCRF at this event that raised funds for building a new Pediatric Cancer Center in Gaza.

  • March 20, 2016

    International Women’s Day Celebration
    Observing and celebrating the UN recognized International Women’s Day that asserted the vital role of women in society and that empowers women worldwide so as to be involved in all facets of nation shaping and building.
    This event took place at Tysons Sheraton Hotel. It was a successful and enriching dinner celebration that showcased diverse talents of accomplished Arab American Women including: art, music, and speeches.  
    Participating Ladies who presented their talents and experiences were:
    Art - Nadia Darwish (Michigan), Alissar Malouf (Lebanon), and Nadia Duchelle (Morocco).
    Music - Kylie Hilali (Morocco - Qanun) and Lena Saikaly (Palestine - Jazz).
    Motivational Speeches - Lena Alhusseini (Palestine - Social Services) and Kate Seelye (US - Journalist and SVP at the Middle East Institute).
    Master of Ceremonies - Tanya Rahall.
    Auctioneer - Deya’ Leonard Dresner.

  • April 11, 2016

    Arab American Heritage Month in Gaithersburg, MD
    Representatives of NAAWA attended this reception that was hosted by the City of Gaithersburg’s Multicultural Affairs Committee in recognition of the Arab American Heritage Month in Maryland.
    The celebration included highlights of cultural arts from various Arab countries and performances by youth of Arabic dancing and singing.

  • April 26, 2016

    April is the Arab American Heritage Month and Cities across America have been issuing proclamations commemorating it. On Tuesday April 26, 2016 the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors formally declared April as Arab American Heritage Month in Fairfax.  
    The event took place at the County Government Center with a reception that preceded the ceremony.  
    NAAWA was represented by three of its Board members. Several Arab Americans were recognized for their long time economic and social contributions as well as positive mark in Fairfax, VA.

  • Ramadan June/July, 2016

    Hummus for the Homeless
    During the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, Arab America had partnered with local churches, businesses, and organizations to provide meals for the homeless, while sharing Arab cuisine. Every Friday during Ramadan (June 10, 17, and 24, and July 1) the partnership provided meals served to the homeless outside Arab America’s office in Washington, DC at 916 G St NW. Representatives from NAAWA joined the volunteers in the community-wide “Hummus for the Homeless” humbling effort.

  • September 17, 2016

    AAI Workshop – “Yalla Vote Campaign”.
    NAAWA in collaboration with AAI (Arab American Institute) held a workshop under the “Yalla Vote Campaign” at the Woodrow Wilson Library in Falls Church, Virginia. The purpose of the campaign is to encourage Arab Americans to be active participants in the voting process on a Local, Regional and National level. Maya Berry, Executive Director of AAI, presented and explained to the NAAWA attendees how the electoral system works and the significance of our community’s involvement in the election process.

  • October 8, 2016

    Empowerment of Arab American Women through Business Networking and Guidance
    The NAAWA Program Committee organized a luncheon meeting at the Brio Restaurant in Tysons Corner for launching “ Women’s Empowerment Project “. The aim of this project is to support Arab American women entrepreneurs with business start-up issues, provide coaching and mentoring, plus counselling and skill enhancement in order to be able to successfully launch their business ideas in the marketplace. The guest speaker, Hanadi Eljari, founder of Le Papiyon Chocolatier ( led an inspiring discussion.

    The Program Committee will be organizing more successful Microfinance follow-up projects.

  • November 11, 2016

    Few members of NAAWA ,attended an evening event at Stratford House social room in Reston , with two special speakers , Virginia Senator Jennifer Wexton, and Virginia Delegate Jennifer Boysko, who talked about : " Women who Overcame the Hurdles of Running for Office " . We heard their stories of how they became involved in running for office and the challenges they experienced as women, both during and since, their campaigns and election.

  • November 12, 2016

    Empowerment of Arab American Women through Business Networking and Guidance
    The NAAWA Program Committee organized a second follow-up luncheon meeting at the Brio Restaurant in Tysons Corner, where they shared with the members and guests the successful story about the new immigrant entrepreneur Lady (Buthaina) who started a new home based business, and how NAAWA empowered her by providing coaching, mentoring and counseling.
    Also NAAWA was honored to have a Special Guest Speaker, Lobna"Luby" Ismail, Founder and President at Connecting Cultures, LLC, and the the award-winning speech; “Longing for Belonging” .

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