In the United States alone, 1 in every 4 women has personally experienced domestic violence in her lifetime. In just one year, more than 3 million women report abuse by their husband or boyfriend. Nearly 3 out of 4 Americans personally know someone who is or has been the victim of domestic violence. Studies indicate that women who have access to crisis intervention programs and shelters are 60-70% less likely to re-encounter abuse within the year than women without these resources.
Silence Hurts: Fast-A-Thon 2009
Here at NYU, the Islamic Center hosts a fundraiser during our month of fasting, Ramadan. During these 30 days, Muslims abstain from eating and drinking from sunrise to sunset. We ask our student body, faculty, and administration to join us in fasting for just one day, on which we host our charity event called “Fast-A-Thon.”
Fast-A-Thon connects approximately. 600 Muslims and non-Muslims from thelarger NYU area. At sunset, we provide a communal meal for the entire community to break the fast together. The meal is followed by an evening of reflection and social awareness focused on the cause, which this year, is domestic violence. To raise money for the charity, a sponsor donates $1, or some increment thereof, towards the cause for every person that voluntarily fasts. Alternatively, individuals are able to give lump sums as a donation if they would rather do so. Our goal this year is to raise at least $15,000.
Turning Point for Women and Families is a non-profit organization in Queens, NY which offers resources to women and children in the community through crisis intervention, individual and group counseling, advocacy, and education about their rights. .
By connecting their clients to language and legal services, as well as other tools to resist abuse within their own homes, Turning Point acts as a vehicle that allows women to empower themselves and their families. More information can be found on their website by clicking here .
Make A Gift Today
If you are unable to attend our event, you can still support the cause by making an online donation at any time by clicking here . If you choose this option, please write “ICNYU donation” in the box titled “Designation” so that we are able to track how much NYU has raised for the organization.
You can also mail a check directly to Turning Point. Please make it out to:
Turning Point For Women And Families
PO Box 670086
Flushing, NY 11367
Please indicate that this is an ICNYU donation in the lower left-hand corner/memo of the check.
Thursday, September 17th
Doors Open at 6:30pm Suggested Donation: $20
Executive Representatives from Turning Point
A Survivor of Domestic Violence
Mr. Ravi Karkara, UNICEF Women’s Empowerment Initiative
Imam Khalid Latif, Islamic Center at NYU
Gaith Adhami, Spoken Word Artist and Performer
Arshiya Kherani, Fast-a-Thon 2009 Chair
The United Muslim Association at NYU
The Muslim Graduate Student Group at NYU
The Islamic Center at NYU
Join us for an evening of reflection, conversation, and inspiration!
To RSVP for this event please click here