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January 31, 2017

Biography of Aishah Schwartz 2002-2017

Aishah Schwartz, an American Muslim revert to Islam, is founder and director of the 2006 established Muslimah Writers Alliance (MWA), an internationally-based collaboration of Muslim women writers and advocates working together to counter negative and inaccurate perceptions regarding members of the Muslim community and the Islamic faith.

She is also a retired career litigation legal secretary, published freelance writer, Demotix/Corbis photojournalist, humanitarian and internationally renowned human rights activist with a focus on the rights of Muslim women, and the plight of the Palestinian people affected by the Israeli imposed illegal embargo on Gaza.

In addition to activism, writing, reading, and photography, Aishah enjoys traveling and has visited Egypt (where she has resided since 2007), Saudi Arabia, where she lived for a year (2004-5), Morocco, Pakistan, Jordan, Tunisia, Cyprus and Hong Kong; bucket list includes Indonesia, Malaysia and Oman. Her favorite things are family, snorkeling in the Red Sea and posting photos of her cats, Jessica and Sakinah on social media.

Achievements and activities since since Aishah Schwartz became Muslim in Washington, D.C. (2002):

2017 – Included in Huffington Post list of #Muslims2Follow; Established Private Citizen Obama Network; Supported campaign againstTrump Administration Muslim/Travel Ban and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe campaign against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL); Published Author: About Islam and Medium.

2016 – Listed at Women's Activism NYC; Listed among 100 Favorite American Muslims to Follow on Twitter; Campaigned in support of Presidential Nominee, Hillary Rodham Clinton; Campaigned against the Dakota Access Pipeline; Published Author: Muslims in Calgary - Canada and About Islam; Author at Medium; Campaigned in support of World Hijab Day; Campaigned for and Petitioned the White House against the Dakota Access Pipeline in Support of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe; Photography included in article at Mashable.

2015 – Photojournalist: Demotix/Corbis Images; Published Author: OnIslam; Interview: Cii Broadcasting, South Africa – A global Islamic Radio Station; Listed: Top Muslim Women Twitterati – Storyteller; Copyeditor for OnIslam; Selected to represent the My Face for Peace campaign, an independent peace initiative launched in 2012 in Hamburg/Germany; Quoted at OnIslam: ["The BISCA event establishes that there are worthy scholars much greater in number than what is represented by the existing short-list of those on what is otherwise referred to as, the 'celebrity speaker tour'."]; Campaigned in support of World Hijab Day; Participated in United Nations Orange Day End Violence Against Women campaign; Published in Sisters Magazine; Listed among Well-Known Muslim Women in Hijab.

2014 – Referenced in "Reasoning With God" by Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl, an accomplished Islamic jurist, scholar, and Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law where he teaches Islamic law, Immigration, Human Rights, International and National Security Law, regarding support of the campaign addressing Saudi King Abdullah for release of the gang raped "Qatif Girl"; Photojournalist: Demotix/Corbis Images; Published Author and Copyeditor: OnIslam; Photography published in Rouge Magazine – Saudi Arabia; Listed as a "Mighty Muslimah"; Campaigned in support of International Purple Hijab Day to end violence against women; Poetry included in anthology, The Muslimah Speaks: Her Voice, Her Spirit by Mindworks Books; Published at Arab News: Even a Smile is Charity.

2013 – Photojournalist: Demotix/Corbis Images; Published Author: OnIslam; Featured in Le-Ta'arafou Magazine, Cairo, Egypt (Arabic); Photography featured in BauNetz Magazine, Germany; Featured in Annisa Women Insight Magazine, Indonesia; Featured in Correspondents, Cairo, Egypt; Published in The Muslim Times; Featured in Republika, Indonesia: Aishah Schwartz, Hidayah dan Burkini.

2012 – Photojournalist: Demotix/Corbis Images; Guest speaker Native European Muslim Assembly (NEMA) Camp, Tunisia; Interviewer for Bridges Foundation Documentary, Islam in Women; Radio Interview: Voice of America; Joined Medical Convoy to Gaza delivering hospital emergency-room supplies; Attended Ministry of Police graduation, Gaza; Reported on 1st Anniversary of Egyptian Revolution for Demotix; Credited for book title, "Reawakening the Dream" by Egyptian author, Hatem A. Aly; Supported campaign for the right of Saudi women to drive; Featured in video: My Journey to Islam; Addressed open letter to President Barack Obama on Gaza
blockade; Supported Jan. 18 Wikipedia blackout in opposition to SOPA/PIPA; Joined Egyptians for Nakba commemoration at Rafah Border, Egypt; Participated in and reported on Post-Jan25 Revolution Demonstration in Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt; Demonstrated in support of Libyan Revolution in front of the Libyan Embassy and at the Arab League Headquarters, Cairo, Egypt; Supported campaign to end FGM in Egypt; Campaigned against US torture abroad; Campaigned against killing of civilians in Syria; Campaigned in support of Palestinian prisoner hunger strikers; Participated in United Nations International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women; Extended appreciation to CBS's 60 Minutes for Palestinian
Occupation report; Recognized by Congressional Black Caucus member Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Il), for support against racial profiling; Featured in Republika, Indonesia: Mualaf Aishah Schwartz (Part 2) Pembela Hak-Hak Muslimah; Featured at Voice of America (VOA) Indonesia: Kelompok Perempuan Mualaf AS Kampanyekan Anti-Rokok Selama Ramadan.

2011 – Photojournalist: Demotix/Corbis Images; Published Author: The American Muslim; Speaker, Bridges Foundation documentary, Jihad On Terrorism; Reported on Egyptian Revolution in Cairo, Egypt; Included in Women’s Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equality (WISE) listing of 100 Extraordinary Muslim Women; Participated in UN End Violence Against Women campaign; Participated in and reported on 100th International Women's Day Event in Cairo, Egypt; Included in Al-Jazeera Photo Essay on 100th International Women's Day; Participated in and reported on 5th Week of Pro-Palestinian Protests in Cairo, Egypt; Joined 'Friends of Free Libya' in solidaritydemonstration at Libyan Embassy, Cairo, Egypt; Joined in Tahrir Square demonstrations in Cairo, Egypt; Featured in Al-Wafd News Journal, Cairo, Egypt; Took a stand in support of the Tunisian Revolution; Received response from the White House Response in asking President Barack Obama to Support 'No Gaza Student Left Behind' campaign; Featured in Youm7 newspaper article, Cairo, Egypt; Supported the Occupy Wall Street movement; Supported No-Fly Zone over Palestine; Supported Gaza Youth Breaks Out call for international United for Palestinian Freedom March; Campaigned in support of seamen's compensation rights, Hurghada, Egypt; Reported on Supported Maritime Tourism Revolution Participants to End Corruption in Hurghada, Egypt; Campaigned for release of foreign correspondent detained in Cairo, Egypt; Joined coalition members from 47 national and international cities participating in the call for a National Day of Action to Stop FBI repression and grand jury witch hunts; Launched annual Muslimah Writers Alliance (MWA) Ramadan blog.

2010 – Featured in a mini-documentary titled, زمام المبادرة – عائشة شوارتز/Lead the Way – Aishah Schwartz, produced by iFilms of Cairo, Egypt for Al-Jazeera Arabic TV, the documentary premiered December 1, 2010; Published Author: The American Muslim; Featured in October Weekly Magazine, Cairo, Egypt; Featured three times in Al-Wafd News Journal, Cairo, Egypt; Included in what started out as a 45 member coalition that grew to 115 members, calling for investigation into FBI targeting of activists; Petitioned President Barack Obama on West Bank settlements; Condemned Islamophobic rhetoric and called for support for freedom of religion and speech; Commended U.S. officials for speaking out against Quran burning; Religious Land Use Act; Joined coalition mobilized in responding to Israeli attack on Gaza Flotilla; President for Center of Pluralism, Mike Ghouse wrote [on Gaza support efforts]: “This includes four of our heroes, whom I know –
Aishah Schwartz…”; Led campaign against Domestic Violence in Cairo, Egypt commemorated in conjunction with the one-year anniversary marking the tragic beheading of Aasyia Zubair Hassan (1972-2009); Co-sponsored a protest in support of guardianship reform and for the release of a Canadian national in front of the Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington, DC, and in front of the White House, in association with the Comit'e de Soutien 'a Nathalie Morin,' of Canada, Muslims for Progressive Values and Responsible for Equality, and Liberty (R.E.A.L.), based in Washington, DC – "The women of Saudi Arabia continue in pursuit of much needed reform in the Kingdom's existing guardianship laws. Many people confuse 'reform' with 'abolish'; the movement is not to dissolve guardianship, it is merely to improve
the conditions of women suffering from uneven-handedness and to provide alternative recourse for those not benefiting from the protections that the law is intended to provide." – also published at Examiner National; Launched online campaign against forced divorce in Saudi Arabia contributing to the reunion of Fatima and Mansour Al-Timani; Petitioned members of the US Congress and President Barack Obama to end the embargo on Gaza and marched against it in Washington, DC; Recognized by Rep. Brian Baird's Open Congress Blog for support of the Palestinian Conflict/Gaza; Quoted by Ma'an News Agency (MNA) for commending Rep. Jonathan Tasini (D-NY) for his stance against Israel's building of new settlements in East Jerusalem and its ongoing embargo on Gaza; Participated in the film production of a sequel to the Bridges Foundation project, "The Fog is Lifting", titled "Jihad Against Terrorism", the DVD was released in January 2011.
Requested federal action against Islamophobia; Launched Non-Islamophobic Muslim News Facebook Page; Joined Jewish Voice for Peace in call for end to settlement construction and blockade on Gaza; Rejected ideological exclusion in U.S. delays of visa for Palestinian journalist; Launched the 'No Gaza Student Left Behind' campaign with a press release, open letter to President Obama published at, online petition drive and posters in support of the reported 700+ students in need of exit visas for pursuit of studies abroad; Joined International Federation of Journalists supporting strikers in Cairo, Egypt; Joined coalition urging appointments to Post 9/11 Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board; Joined 911 Freedom Coalition in calling on President Barack Obama to enforce

2009 – Published Author: The American Muslim; Blog recognized by The Daily Reviewer among Top 100 Muslim Blogs; Demonstrated in Cairo, Egypt in support of the International March on Gaza; Participated in and reported on the Gaza Freedom March from inside Gaza; Featured in Al-Wafd News Journal, Cairo, Egypt; Served as a steering committee member for the Women's Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equality (WISE).

2008 – Published Author: Naseeb Vibes; Referenced in a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report titled "Perpetual Minors", for work in support of equal rights for women in the Grand Mosque Equal Access campaign; Published at The Muslim Link Newspaper – Washington-Metropolitan Area; Supported campaign and petition against FGM in Egypt.

2007 – Included in Pulitzer Prize winner Donna Gherke-White's book, Face Behind the Veil; Participated in the Anti-War March on Washington; Published Author: The American Muslim; Published Author: Naseeb Vibes; Hosted, a leadership delegation in conjunction with a program titled, "Islam in America; a Project for Russia", from Russia at the Islamic Center in Washington, D.C. The program was part of the Delphi International Program of World Learning International Visitor Leadership Program, sponsored by the U.S. State Department; Launched "Say 'No' to Forced Divorce, 'Yes' to Reforms" campaign challenging guardianship and forced divorce laws in Saudi Arabia, online petition signed by citizens of 40 countries, 56 foreign cities, 21 U.S. states, and 45 U.S. cities; Served as a guest panelist on the Washington DC-based TV program, "Islamic Perspectives" discussing guardianship reform in Saudi Arabia; Appeared on Channel Islam International, a part of the Cii Network of South Africa, in support of an initiative to take Islam to the masses at one of South Africa's premier Johannesburg events, The Rand Show. Additional guests included: Idris Tawfiq, a former British Catholic Priest who accepted Islam, and Na'ima B. Robert, author of "From My Sisters' Lips."

2006 – Founded Muslimah Writers Alliance (MWA); Launched online campaign to preserve the women's courtyard prayer space at the Grand Mosque; Featured by renowned feminist Margot Badran in Al-Ahram Weekly for success in preservation of Women's Prayer Space at the Grand Mosque, Makkah, Saudi Arabia – "Aishah Schwartz, founder-director of the Muslimah Writers Alliance in Washington, set up the Grand Mosque Equal Access for Women Project that circulated a petition protesting the restrictions [on women]. Very quickly over a thousand signatures Arab News feature on Mosque campaign, "It is an undeniable manifestation of
Islamic belief and teaching that we are to uphold what is right and abhor that which is inherently wrong. The fact that the signatures on MWA's Grand Mosque Equal Access for Women petition are, to date, representative of Muslim voices from 38 different countries and 28 states across North America, is demonstrative of the fact that the issue at hand must not be taken lightly."; Quoted in Associated Press NBC News article on the Makkah Grand Mosque campaign, [The plan has started causing ripples outside the kingdom. The Washington-based Muslimah Writers Alliance, an organization of Muslim women writers, is sponsoring an online petition drive against the study. “At no other time in history, either before or after the time of the Prophet Muhammad, have women been relegated to lesser advantageous positions within the (mosque),” Aishah Schwartz, the group’s director, said in a statement. “The proposed plan is no more acceptable today than it would have been when the teachings of Islam began to be delivered over 1,400 years ago,” she added.]; Reported and participated in March on Washington in support of justice for Gaza/Palestine and Lebanon; Supported National Hunger Awareness campaign; Published at The Muslim Link Newspaper – Washington-Metropolitan Area; Reported on kidnapping of American journalist Jill Carroll.

2005(4) – Spent a year living in Saudi Arabia; performed Hajj; Led a national campaign in association with America's Second Harvest, organized to rally the Muslim community in support of National Hunger Awareness in Washington, DC; Recognized by President and CEO of America's Second Harvest, Robert Forney, who stated, "We are honored to be aided in our National Hunger Awareness Day 2005 efforts by members of so many diverse faiths, including Ms. Schwartz."; Interview: Cii Broadcasting, SA – A global Islamic Radio Station (Part 1) (Part 2).

2004Speaker and organizer for protest at Embassy of France in Washington, D.C. dressed as the Statue of Liberty; Participated in the live filming of the hour-long premiere episode of the WETA-TV series "Senso Reports" – Target Washington, in Arlington, Virginia.

2003 – Speaker at The National Press Club in
Washington, DC in support of Muslim Voter Registration campaign; Quoted in CBS News article, "Muslims Get Out The Vote", "The more visible we are, the more we'll get those people out there, who are just sitting at home, the way I was – active. It's important for people to see us. It's important to vote, stand-up and speak. It'll help relieve some of the misperceptions the general public has of us."; Interviewed for Nile TV on voter registration campaign in Washington, DC.

2002 – Became Muslim on April 19, 2002, making her statement of faith (Shahada) in a Jummah prayer service at The World Bank in Washington, DC.

Activism Photo Albums: 
63rd Nakba Commemoration, Rafah - May 15, 2011
American Activist, Aishah Schwartz Joins Pre-Nakba Celebrations
Candlelight Vigil in Remembrance of Vittorio Arrigoni (1975-2011)
25 Jan Revolution Groups Keep Unresolved Demands Alive
Pro-Palestinian Demonstrators Echo Call for Third Intifada May 15
Egyptians & Palestinians Protest Israeli Embassy, Cairo
RALLY: Recognition of National Transitional Council in Benghazi
Libya Solidarity Demonstration, Embassy of Libya, Cairo
Libyans Protest Outside Arab League Headquarters
Thousands Protest to 'Save the Revolution' in Cairo, Eqypt
American Activist, Aishah Schwartz Visits Tahrir Square in Cairo

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