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Jerin Arifa is a polymath whose award-winning work has changed millions of lives worldwide -- from cutting-edge cancer research to community organizing. 

Events

Jerin Arifa is an award-winning activist, a first-generation Bangladeshi and Muslim-American feminist, and happily married woman to an atheist, Alaskan man.


Nov
15
8:00 PM20:00

Webinar: Expert Tips to Fight Campus Rape Despite DeVos

Please join Jerin and panel of experts to learn how you can fight campus rape, despite the DeVos debacle, withdrawing Obama-era campus sexual assault guidance.

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6360153984620255234

Moderator

Young Feminists and Allies: National Organization for Women's (NOW) Inaugural Virtual Chapter

Founder and President Jerin Arifa will discuss how she spearheaded the campus sexual assault policy for the largest urban public university in the nation -- while she was undocumented. Just as Jerin didn't allow significant challenges to thwart her anti-rape activism, we will share tips on how to fight campus rape during this administration.

 

Panelists

  1. Equal Means Equal: Executive Director Kamala Lopez will discuss the organization's current initiative to fight misogyny. Attorney Wendy Murphy will discuss suing Betsy DeVos over the Title IX decision.

  2. National Women's Law Center (NWLC): Equal Justice Works Fellow Elizabeth Tang will explain the preponderance of evidence and other legal concepts.

  3. Know Your IX: Campus Organizer Lupita Gonzalez will discuss the Campus Organizing Toolkit and organizing at a religious school.

  4. Its On Us: Student Advisory Committee member Emma Heisler-Murray will discuss the intersection of disability rights and Title IX.

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Aug
31
6:30 PM18:30

LGBTQAI+ Muslims & Allies Eid-Ul-Adha Dinner

Jerin is honored to spearhead the event below.

https://gaycenter.org/eiddinner

Please join us for this festive, interfaith event. We're co-sponsoring! 

EID-UL-ADHA DINNER

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, in partnership with the NYC Commission On Human Rights, the Nur Ashki Jerrahi Community Sufi Order, Tarab NYC, the Caribbean Equality Project, Muslims For Progressive Values- New York (MPV-NY), and Young Feminists & Allies (YFA) - NOW's 1st Virtual Chapter, invite you to join us for dinner to celebrate Eid-ul-Adha. Also known as the "Feast of the Sacrifice," this holiday celebrates Ibrahim's devotion to Allah. The evening will be an opportunity to gather and celebrate community over delicious food!

FREE REGISTRATION

This event is open to the public and completely free of charge, but registration is required. To request an accommodation or interpretation, or for any other inquiries, please email advocacyevents@gaycenter.org.

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Jan
21
10:00 AM10:00

Women's March, Washington DC

  • Independence Avenue Southwest Washington, DC United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Jerin organized Young Feminists and Allies chapter members to attend the March in Washington, D.C., with her. She also helped feminists attend sister Marches across the U.S. The Global Women’s Marches drew approximately three million protesters around the world, and was one of the largest demonstrations in U.S. history.

The Women’s March on Washington is a grassroots effort comprised of dozens of independent coordinators at the state level. The effort is helmed by four national co-chairs and a national coordinating committee who are working around the clock to pull it all together.

Date and Time: Saturday, January 21, 2017. Rally begins at 10:00am and ends at 1:15pm

Location: The starting point and rally will be the intersection of Independence Avenue and Third Street, Washington DC, near the U.S. Capitol (see map below).

The Rally: A program featuring nationally recognized advocates, artists, entertainers, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and others will be announced in the coming days.

Tickets: The Women's March is NOT a ticketed event, no ticket is required.

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Jan
19
7:00 PM19:00

Downtown Women for Change Rally

Keynote Speaker for sold-out rally organized by the Downtown Women for Change. 

**Who:**Accomplished young and older women: lawyers, doctors, journalists, artists, actors, writers, media professionals, et. al. Since its founding, the group has had impressive accomplishments, such as making a popular restaurant issue apublic apology against street harassment from patrons. This event has over 140 RSVPs already.

From the organizers:

**Speaker Jerin Arifa** is an award-winning feminist who proposed and co-developed the campus sexual assault policy for the largest public urban university in the U.S; and as a child, created a literacy program for homeless kids in Bangladesh. She is President and Founder of National Organization for Women's (NOW) Inaugural Virtual Chapter: Young Feminists and Allies.

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Nov
2
10:00 AM10:00

Screening & discussion of The Hunting Ground & sexual assault

Jerin spoke on her experience co-creating the campus rape policy for the largest, public urban university in the nation.

* Hunter alum Jerin Arifa (Alam) who, as a student, teamed up with a John Jay student to propose and co-create the domestic violence and sexual assault policy for all of CUNY. Prior to their work, there was no uniform policy across colleges, and the 2010 guidelines added new protections and procedures. 

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Apr
6
12:00 PM12:00

NOW Northeast Regional Conference with Elections for National Board

Jerin was a panelist during this regional conference.

Join feminists from the 7-state region (N.Y., Conn., Mass, R.I., Ver., N.H., Maine) for exciting dialog and powerful films!

What Are the Cutting Edge Issues for Feminists?

Jerin Arifa, Nat’l. NOW Board Member;

Noreen Connell, N.E. Regional Dir., Nat’l. NOW Board Member;

Dr. Gertrude Schaffner Goldberg, author/editor of Poor Women in Rich Countries

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Feb
15
10:30 AM10:30

Mecca to Manhattan: Muslim Women Moving Mountains®

Jerin spoke to young Muslim women on feminism, inspiring some to identify as feminists for the first time.

An inspiring 8-week Workshop Series for Muslim Girls & Young Women ages 13 to 20 in the NYC area!

In its 6th year, M2M featured dynamic professional Muslim women who are emerging leaders in the fields of the arts, activism, community organizing, media and more!
 

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Feb
23
10:30 AM10:30

Mecca to Manhattan: Muslim Women Moving Mountains®

Jerin spoke to young Muslim women on feminism, convincing some of them to identify as feminists for the first time.

Turning Point for Women and Families proudly presents...
An amazing 8-week Workshop Series for Muslim Girls & Young Women

In its 5th year, M2M will feature dynamic professional Muslim women who are emerging leaders in the fields of the arts, activism, community service, business, academics, and more!

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Jun
30
4:45 PM16:45

How to Make Every Day Love Your Body Day

Jerin spearheaded this workshop to help fight eating disorders and empower women to have healthier body images and increased confidence.

2012 National NOW Conference

Breakout Session V: Saturday, 4:45pm - 6:00pm
Skills Building Roundup, Concourse B   

At NOW, we understand better than anyone the problems of self-image concerns among women. We will discuss how negative body image issues can go beyond eating disorders to engulf our entire beings and how they can harmfully affect women of different races in unique ways. NOW's Love Your Body Day (LYBD) campaign will be introduced so we can discuss tips on how to love yourself more and increase your self-esteem every day.

Moderator:

Erin Matson: National NOW Action VP

Panelists:

  1. Jerin Arifa: Chair of National NOW Young Feminist Task Force & National NOW Board Member
  2. Chitra Panjabi: DC NOW President
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Jun
30
12:15 PM12:15

Using Interactive Theater to Educate about Domestic Violence

Using Interactive Theater to Educate About Domestic Violence - The Jen and Steve Skit

2012 National NOW Conference

Saturday, June 30, 12:15 to 1:15 p.m., Upington Room


This skit, adapted from the Spruce Run domestic violence project in Bangor, Maine, uses the audience as community members interacting with an abused woman and her abusive husband. The actors will then dispel some of the common myths relating to domestic violence. Participants can adapt and perform the skit for their own communities. This skit includes cursing and simulated violence; it is not recommended for small children and adults may leave during the performance if necessary.

Organizer:

Ben Atherton-Zeman

Actors:

  1. Jerin Arifa: Chair, National NOW Young Feminist Task Force & National NOW Board Member
  2. Micah Bochart: NOW New York State Young Feminist Task Force Member
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Jun
29
5:15 PM17:15

Faith and Feminism: Can a Religious or Spiritual Woman be Feminist ... and an Activist for Reproductive Rights?

Jerin spearheaded this workshop to bridge divides among religious and secular feminists.

2012 National NOW Conference

How does your religion or spirituality affect or inspire your work with reproductive health, rights or justice? Given the broad spectrum of belief, in what ways does your faith influence your beliefs or passion about the important social justice themes of our time? We will discuss the intersection of race/class and religion and learn how to engage feminists of diverse faiths to work together towards our common goals. We will break down myths and misconceptions among allies about feminists of faith in order to become better advocates in our communities.

Breakout Session III: Friday, 5:15pm - 6:30pm, Coal Harbour Room

Moderators:

  1. Allendra Letsome, National NOW Membership VP
  2. Marissa Valeri, Catholics for Choice

Panelists:

  1. Jerin Arifa, Muslim Feminist and National NOW Board Member
  2. Jacqueline Steingold, Jewish Feminist and National NOW Board Member
  3. Mona Lisa Wallace, Spiritual Feminist and National NOW Board Member
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Jun
29
10:00 AM10:00

How to Fight Hate Crimes and Other Forms of Racism

Jerin spearheaded this workshop to help fight hate crimes.

2012 National NOW Conference

Recently, there has been an increased focus on hate crimes, with the recent murders of Trayvon Martin and Shaima Alawadi. The racism experienced by different minority groups is interrelated: racists often hate more than just one minority group and tend to be misogynists as well. Racism is learned and taught in families and in communities. Communication and education are key to ending racism and stopping hate crimes. Panelists will report on hate crimes being committed against several minority groups and offer possible solutions, including proposed legislation and a list of resources.

Breakout Session I: Friday, 10:00am - 11:15am, Upington Room

Moderator:

Jerin Arifa: Chair of National NOW Young Feminist Task Force & National NOW Board Members

Panelists:

  1. Jocelyn Morris: Chair of National NOW Racial Justice Task Force & National NOW Board Members
  2. Kathleen Sloan: Activist for Native American Women & National NOW Board Members
  3. Laila Abdelaziz: Central Florida Field Organizer, EMERGE USA
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Nov
21
8:00 PM20:00

Trainer: Networking Skills in the Public Sector

Would you like to: 

* Network among government and nonprofit professionals? 
* Be inspired by the movers and shakers who make the city's social sector run?

If you answered yes, join us! It is free to attend (cash bar). 

Union Bar: http://joonbug.com/newyork/bars/ymwgfxpKeQi

We have a special guest speaker! Jerin Arifa serves on the National Board of Directors for the National Organization for Women (NOW). Come to hear how she has been asked to serve as a leader in a national not-for-profit organization.

Making your Mark!? was developed when two not-for-profit professionals (Matt Bishop & Allison Ball) wanted a social hour for people in their industry - a casual forum to discuss career opportunities, share challenges, and celebrate successes in the sector. Matt is a consultant and social media entrepreneur with 10 years of experience working in nonprofit organizations and government in the areas of health care, education, and economic development. Allison is a Director of Finance & Administration at a not-for-profit with 6 years of not-for-profit experience and holds an MPA in Financial Management.

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Apr
14
2:30 PM14:30

Out of the Darkness: Confronting Domestic Violence in our Community

Jerin presented on a panel as the Project SpeakOut Manager of the New York Asian Women's Center. 

New York Asian Women's Center presents
***Out of the Darkness: Confronting Domestic Violence in Our Community*** 

Watch a film clip of Telling Amy’s Story, a true story. Join the discussion on appropriate action and response with a panel of experts from CONNECT, NY Police Department, NYAWC, Queens Family Justice Center, and Verizon. 

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Mar
2
7:00 PM19:00

5th Annual Women's Awards

Jerin was given an award for her activism. 

This year the Women’s Awards will be honoring some very incredible women. They include Eileen Dunn who has been a staunch champion for the fight for St. Vincent’s, Natasha Dillon: a fearless leader in our community, Dr. Barbara Bowen: a role model who has paved the way for many of us, Jeanne Wilcke: an inspiration and true leader for downtown Manhattan, and N. Jerin Arifa: a rising start in the National Organization for Women.

As we head into Women’s History Month, I hope you will join me and our entire host committee, The Women’s Democratic Club of NYC, The Jim Owles Democratic Club, GO Magazine and several celebrities including Alan Cumming, Justin Bond and many more this Wednesday, March 2nd at 7pm at the Stonewall Inn to celebrate these incredible women and our greater feminist community.

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Jan
1
10:30 PM22:30

Past Events

A partial list of past events where Jerin was either a speaker or organizer.

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