YES Students Bring IEW to the Olympic Peninsula
To celebrate IEW (November 14-18), two YES students placed in Port Angeles, Washington gave a joint presentation about their countries to the Soroptimist International of Port Angeles (SIPA) on Friday, November 18. This organization, the first chapter in the Olympic Peninsula, seeks to improve the lives of women and girls and provide services to their town and the surrounding area.
Maham began the presentation by talking about the history of her home country, Pakistan, and the importance of Islam to the country. This was followed by a presentation by Areej about her home country, Kuwait. Areej also discussed the role of Islam in her country. Throughout their presentations, they highlighted both the similarities and differences between the two countries. While both are predominantly Muslim countries, they are geographically and culturally very different. Areej and Maham then led a discussion about terrorism, the impact this has had on their own countries (in particular Pakistan), and how much this has affected Muslims and others around the world. They ended with a Q&A, addressing things like the head coverings some Muslim women choose to wear.
This type of dialogue is just one example of the impact these scholarships students have as youth ambassadors for their countries and the YES program.
Pictured below: Areej, SIPA President Cheri Kidd, and Maham