Muslim Women Participate in Family Planning Panel

October 26, 2005

Source: The Eureka Reporter

On October 26, 2005 The Eureka Reporter reported, "More than 100 community residents gathered in the Ingomar Club Tuesday evening to hear three Muslim women discuss their perceptions of how birth control and family planning are seen by their fellow Muslims. The event, hosted by Six Rivers Planned Parenthood, included a reception, dinner, a moderated panel discussion and an opportunity for audience members to have their questions answered by the participants. 'The idea is, three people to give three different perspectives,' said Stephanie Foster, the vice president for public policy of Planned Parenthood. 'It is to give people an overarching perspective of Muslim women'... Farzaneh Roudi, who has worked as a senior policy analyst with the Population Reference Bureau since 1987, said there are stereotypes that Americans have about Muslim women and that Muslim women have about Americans... The reason for the misconceptions is lack of information because media on both ends does not always show the big picture; sometimes it tends only to focus on negative things, she said."