I absolutely love this website. This is the accompanying website to a wonderful book, also called Love, Insha’Allah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women. This book is a compilation of essays written by Muslim women about their love lives. And unlike what one may expect (though that would be based on stereotypes) the stories are very diverse. There are stories from both straight and lesbian Muslim women as well as married women, single women, dating women, religious women, and not as religious women. Our community has for too long shied away from having these conversations and, personally, I believe that is hurting our younger generations. This website, and the book, are opening up a great conversation in an inclusive and safe way, making it easy for people with all types of experiences to share and not feel judged or condemned. And that is VERY important.
I especially love their advice posts. They have two advice givers, one woman and one man, who are very empathetic, inclusive, and non-judgmental. Again, exactly what we need.
Please give it a read and share with others, especially young Muslims. They also have a Facebook page.
I’m currently working on wrapping up my internship by completing my final report. This report has given me time to reflect back on this past busy year and my conclusion is definitely that it was an amazing year! This past year I had the privilege of being the coordinator for the Peer Support Centre at the University of Windsor. This year was its first year so I was actually tasked with developing the centre as well as getting it off the ground and going. I also did a small evaluation of the centre (the most one can do with a centre only open for 3 months). As I said, it was a busy year, but probably one of the most rewarding and enjoyable experiences of my graduate career. I was able to apply all that I’ve learned doing my Applied Social Psychology degree and help to support students on campus. And I had the opportunity to work with some amazing volunteers!
The Peer Support Centre is a drop-in peer counselling service on campus, staffed by trained student volunteers for the use of university students of all backgrounds. It’s a wonderful service for students on campus and will be a great benefit for the well-being, and mental health, of university students.
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