Manal Omar | CEO and Founder of Across Red Lines

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Manal Omar is founder of Across Red Lines which is dedicated to women’s leadership through accessing life force energy & deeper understanding of rights through a faith lens. Manal designed & led multiple development & training projects in the Middle East and Africa, & provided media & policy support on youth & gender on a global scale.

According to the Huffington Post, Manal Omar is a Fellow with the Truman National Security Project who serves on the boards of IREX and

She is the founder of #AcrossRedLines dialogue series and Safina Fellowship for Muslim women.


Manal Served as the 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 online 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. She 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.

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.


It’s safe to say I am honred to have Manal on the Lehigh Valley with Love Podcast and I encourage you to learn more about Across Red Lines at

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