The Islamic Center at NYU (ICNYU) will host its annual Fast-A-Thon on Thursday, September 17, 7 p.m. to midnight, at NYU’s Kimmel Center for University Life, Eisner and Lubin Auditorium (60 Washington Square South, 4th Fl., at LaGuardia Place). The event encourages attendees to fast for the day to raise awareness and funds to fight domestic violence. Speakers at this year’s event include Yolanda B. Jimenez, commissioner of the NYC Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence, and Ravi Karkara of UNICEF’s Women’s Empowerment Initiative.
Proceeds from the evening of reflection and social awareness will benefit Turning Point, a New York non-profit that offers crisis intervention, counseling, advocacy, and education to women and children in its community.
“I commend the Islamic Center at NYU for dedicating this year’s Fast-A-Thon to raising awareness about domestic violence,” said Jimenez. “Opening the dialog in our communities about the issue of domestic violence is fundamental to fostering a sense of awareness and bringing hope to victims by encouraging them to take advantage of the many services available to them in our City.”
“I especially want to thank the Islamic Center and the entire NYU community for supporting Turning Point, a community-based organization addressing the needs of Muslim women and children who are victims of abuse, and a great partner in our battle to end the cycle of violence and help victims move forward,” she added.
“Fast-A-Thon provides a wonderful opportunity for Muslims and non-Muslims to come together and share the blessings of this beauti
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