Our Mission is to catalyze advancements in Muslim women's rights through sports and media.

    
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    SHIRZANAN is a media and advocacy platform for and about Muslim females in sport. Team Shirzanan promotes female sports participation as a fundamental right leading to greater independence and gender equality. [Photo: Ken Sherman]

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  • Shirzanan In the News

    SHIRZANAN is pronounced SHEER'zah-non and means "female heroes" in Persian. We challenge stereotypes, promote Muslim female athletes as role models, integrate them with each other and the international sports community, and develop cross-cultural understanding. [Photo: Tess Ross]

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  • Advocacy

    SHIRZANAN amplifies the voices of Muslim females and supports their efforts to empower girls and women in their communities and countries. Afghan footballer Hajar Abulfazil and first Saudi woman to climb Everest, Raha Moharrak, are two of our Team Shirzanan Athlete Ambassadors.

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    SHIRZANAN published a pilot magazine in 2015 but will post new articles only online beginning July 2016. We believe empowerment through sports help girls and women realize their full potential! [Photo: ​U.S. Dept. of State in cooperation with University of Tennessee Center for Sport, Peace, & Society. Photographer: Allison Davis]

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    Please help us support positive, powerful Muslim athletes promoting female sports participation in their communities and countries. Through mentoring, networking and promoting their words and initiatives, we're getting more girls in the game! [Photo: Vanessa Bucher]

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    SHIRZANAN is a media and advocacy platform for and about Muslim females in sport.

    Pronounced SHEER'zah-non, it means "female heroes" in Persian. 

    Our mission is to catalyze advancements in Muslim women’s rights through sports and media.

    Our vision is access to sports for all Muslim females around the world.

    Through mentoring, training and media, we support Muslim female athletes as they inspire and empower their communities through sports.   

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    • A Two-Wheeled Revolution

      A Two-Wheeled Revolution

      Despite news of ongoing war and a Taliban resurgence in many areas of Afghanistan, groups of young women in that rugged country have been quietly pushing gender boundaries through participation in competitive sports, and, specifically, the unlikely controversy of riding a bike. Though banned in Afghanistan since before the Taliban, biking by women has grown steadily in recent years and the national women’s cycling team draws new recruits every time they train.

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    • Moving Beyond Hope: The IOC and Team Refugee

      Moving Beyond Hope: The IOC and Team Refugee

      For the first time in Olympic history, the world will witness 10 refugee-athletes competing as Team Refugee in the 2016 Rio Games. Given the extent of the refugee crisis, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) aims to send a message of hope to all refugees through the team’s participation in the Olympics.

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    • Heavy Lifting: Amna Al Haddad Helps UAE Qualify for Olympics in Weightlifting

      Heavy Lifting: Amna Al Haddad Helps UAE Qualify for Olympics in Weightlifting

      In just five years, Amna Al Haddad went from out of shape journalist to international female weightlifter. She helped her country, United Arab Emiirates (UAE) earn a spot in the 2016 Olympics in Rio and has been featured by Nike in its Inner Strength documentary series. Shirzanan interviewed Al Haddad on her hard won success, ambitions and the changing climate for women in sports in the Gulf region.

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      We encourage JOURNALISTS and MUSLIM FEMALE ATHLETES
      to send story ideas and contact information for our database.
      Write to ava@shirzanan.org.

      All other inquiries, write to info@shirzanan.org.

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