All posts by Hanadi Chehabeddine

Hanadi is an award-winning public speaker and writer. She recently received the Eden Prairie Human Rights award 2016 for her efforts to dismantle misconceptions about Islam and build bridges of unity. She has been featured in the Star Tribune and has had articles in the Huffington Post, American Diversity Report, MinnPost, Engage Minnesota and recently The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Hanadi is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in International Leadership at St Thomas University. Before coming to the U.S., she was an award-winning creative and communication specialist working across different media, she has been on numerous award show jury panels and has covered the Cannes Advertising Festival in 2004.

Ban the Ban – By Hanadi Chehabddine

How the very same decision that claims to liberate women actually oppresses them.

I was reporting on the Cannes Advertising Festival on behalf of ArabAd Magazine in 2004, not only as an Arab, but also as a Muslim woman and a veiled one. For a whole week I was following up on the Arab delegation, arranging interviews with winners and even scoring with the Festival’s highest rank and advertising celebrities. I was very proud of myself and thought I deserve a day off before traveling back to Lebanon.

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A Powerful Interfaith Night – by Hanadi Chehab

Two events taking place in one venue occurred in the community of Plymouth, MN on Friday, July 10, 2015. As Muslims are witnessing the last few days of the fasting month of Ramadan, an “Interfaith Iftar”, or fast-breaking meal, and a “Night of Power” event joined forces to host 300 people, a mix of different faiths, ages and backgrounds, in the heart of the local mosque, North West Islamic Community Center (NWICC).

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