Manal Omar is a Fellow with the Truman National Security Project who serves on the boards of IREX and AltMuslimah.org. She is the founder of #CrossRedLines dialogue series and Safina Fellowship for Muslim women. Views expressed are her own.
Associate Vice-President for the Middle East and Africa Center at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C. Manal has over fifteen years working in the field of women's rights, peacebuilding, humanitarian aid, and development. She is also a member of the board for IREX, a nonprofit global education and development organization. She is also an altMuslimah Advisory Board Member - an only media platform that is wholly dedicated to stories and commentary on gender-in-Islam from the male and female, Muslim and non-Muslim perspectives. Manal is a former fellow for Foreign Policy Interrupted, and is currently a Truman National Security Project fellow. Manal is dedicated to creating a safe space for dialogue on current events in the Muslim and Arab world on identity, civil society, and women's rights. www.manal-omar.com. She was named among Top 500 World’s Most Influential Arabs by Arabia Business Power in 2011 and 2012, and among the 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World by Georgetown University and The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre in 2009. In 2007, Islamic Magazine named her one of the ten young visionaries shaping Islam in America. All views and articles represent her own viewpoint.