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Based in Washington, D.C., Riham Osman directs the Muslim Public Affairs Council's (MPAC) national digital media and communications strategy. Riham works to protect the civil rights of American Muslims through the use of digital media, public affairs, and advocacy. She has represented the American Muslim perspective on various media outlets, including NPR, Voice of America, ABC, NBC and CCTV and has commented on policy issues such as countering violent extremism and anti-Muslim sentiment in publications such as the Washington Post, Bloomberg, the Huffington Post and the International Business Times.
In 2011, Riham faced religiously-motivated employment discrimination from Air France due to her decision to wear the hijab (Islamic headscarf). She worked successfully with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to change the airline's national dress code policy. As a result, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights featured her struggle against religious discrimination in their exhibition titled, "Who Like Me Is Threatened."
Recently, Riham had the opportunity to interview President Barack Obama about the impact of surveillance on the Muslim community during a live Google+ “Presidential Hangout Road Trip” following his fifth State of the Union address. In 2015, she also joined President Obama for a round-table discussion during the White House Ramadan dinner where she engaged the President in a conversation and raised pressing issues impacting the future of Muslims in America.
As an American Muslim leader, Riham continues to work against false perceptions of Muslim women and promotes positive narratives around the American Muslim community.