Special Representative to Muslim Communities Shaarik Zafar To Moderate Panel With Muslim Female Storytellers

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
July 21, 2015


Special Representative to Muslim Communities Shaarik Zafar will moderate a panel discussion with prominent Muslim women authors, bloggers, and film and television directors and producers on Wednesday, July 22, 2015, at 2:00 p.m., in the Dean Acheson Room at the Department of State.

The women featured on the panel discussion all use the craft of storytelling to (1) create and depict positive narratives and examples of heroism; (2) document tragedies and oppression; and (3) dispel stereotypes, build bridges, and paint vivid pictures that reflect the diversity and uniqueness of Muslim communities across the globe. The panelists will discuss their experiences engaging with Muslim communities around the world through storytelling.

This panel discussion will be open to the press.

For media interested in covering this panel, please contact Nida Ansari at AnsariN@state.gov.

Media representatives may attend this briefing upon presentation of one of the following: (1) a U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense, or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist accompanied by an official photo identification (driver’s license or passport).