#PrayforParis, Muslim Women and Third World Violence

Upon learning about the Paris attacks and the #PrayforParis hashtag that emerged, I felt many things – but I was not shocked. Violence does not shock me. As a woman of colour and as an immigrant, it is part of my surroundings.I have become desensitized to violence. If you are like me and grew up in a Third World country that has experienced violence during your lifetime, chances are you understand.Growing up in Latin America in the 90’s in 2000’s I witnessed hundreds of missing and murde … [Read more...]

Friday Links

AfghanistanIn Afghanistan, half of all deaths among women aged 15 to 49 are because of pregnancy and childbirth. A video by The Guardian titled, “The imams, the Taliban and the condoms” follows two imams’ project to raise awareness about birth control methods and women’s health.AustraliaSusan Carland, an Australian academic, who regularly receives Islamophobic messages on social media, is donating $1 to UNICEF every time she gets them.CanadaFulfilling his campaign promise of g … [Read more...]

Friday Links

Emma Watson met with Malala Yousafzai in an interview posted online this week. I will let you draw your own conclusions (more sources here and here).Speaking of Malala, U.S. Presidential candidate Marco Rubio named her as someone he would like to have a beer with. The Republican Party, always with its fingers on the pulse!An interesting article about “Lithuania’s Forgotten Muslim Heroes” in the Baltic Times.The Wall Street Journal has an article about barriers to voting in this week’ … [Read more...]

Friday Links

Canada:MMW’s own Shireen Ahmed was on the CBC radio show The Current talking about what this week’s Canadian election results mean.One take away in Colorlines from the obsession with the niqab in the Canadian election is the #doimatternow campaign, which highlights the relative silence of the major candidates on the issues affecting a majority of Native women (including over a thousand missing and murdered indigenous women since 1980) at the expensive of the extremely small minority of Ca … [Read more...]

Friday Links

AustraliaMonique Toohey, a Muslim psychologist, met with Australian Labor MPs on Wednesday to discuss the need to change Australia’s tone on the discussion about violent extremism and Muslims. Toohey, who has experienced online bullying for her activism, is calling for the government to consult with Muslim communities in order to develop well-rounded de-radicalization programs.CanadaIn Canada, Zarqa Nawaz, creator of Little Mosque on the Prairie and Me and the Mosque, was quoted c … [Read more...]

Niqab as an #Elxn42 Issue? Ridiculous

This post originally appeared in New Canadian Media. The recent decision in Canada by the Federal Court of Appeal that ruled in favour of Zunera Ishaq, who challenged the ban on the niqab at Canadian citizenship ceremonies, has resurrected a non-issue into an election topic. During last week’s French language leaders’ debate and in the political commentary that followed, the niqab, and related ruling, was consistently brought up as an issue. Incredible, considering the Charter of Rights protect … [Read more...]

Making Connections: Gender, Islamophobia and the Refugee Crisis

I write this post as an expression of solidarity, because as someone who lives in Turtle Island (Canada) and has close ties to Latin American immigrant and refugee communities, I find myself needing to speak out. I come from a country where the situation of violence and poverty since the mid-90s (and before) has driven many people to immigrate or seek asylum. At the same time, my country has been home to survivors of WWI, the Holocaust, the Spanish Civil War, the occupation of Palestine, the … [Read more...]


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