ADC Women's Initiative
ADC Women’s Initiative: History and Purpose
The wave of anti-Arab American sentiment in recent years underscores the continued need for ADC to remain steadfast in its mission. But as a nonprofit organization, ADC’s influence is only as effective as the strength of its support.
In this context, the ADC Women’s Initiative was born. Launched in May of 2011 by a national consortium of 60 Arab American women, this unique initiative supports ADC’s mission and seeks to strengthen the role of women in ADC’s leadership. When asked why she began the ADC Women’s Initiative, Dr. Amal David, who currently serves as its Chairwoman, responded with the statement, “I strongly believe in what women can do.”
And indeed, within six months of its inception, the Women’s Initiative has made its mark in the community by planning and implementing, along with the ADC staff, a highly successful cultural event: Turaath: Celebrating Arab Culture in America. It was the premiere ADC Arab American cultural event of 2011, where 1,200 community members came together in Washington, DC’s historic Lincoln Theater to celebrate their treasured heritage by enjoying sensational performances of fashion, dance, and music. In addition, the Initiative organized a clothing drive for women in shelters during December of 2011.
The overwhelming success of Turaath has inspired the desire to make the celebration of Arab culture in America a yearly signature ADC event. Plans are already underway for Turaath 2012, as well as for the celebration of International Women’s Day in March in DC, MI, and IL, and also plans are underway for events involving Arab American women at ADC’s annual National Convention, in June 21-21, 2012.
Under Dr. David’s leadership, and with the support of her husband, ADC’s new President Warren David, the Women’s Initiative is moving from strength to strength as it gears up for another year of enthusiastic support for ADC. Women across America who are passionate about ADC’s mission are joining together to help ADC meet current and upcoming challenges to the Arab American community. For the coming year, the Initiative will engage in outreach to women’s organizations from other communities. It will also organize events that celebrate the achievements of notable Arab American women and that address issues of significance to them.
The Initiative’s Washington DC Area chapter meets about once a month, or as needed, to strategize about how best to support