#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...]

Women and Children First: How French Policies Impact Muslim Communities


This post is written by Guest Contributor, Sarabi N. Eventide (@SarabiNEventide). By the grace of God, I have been afforded the opportunity to study in Paris next semester. I’ve been longing to go to France since I was a little girl; I spent many a day pretending I was born in the campagne (countryside) or by the rivière (river). In high school I always made sure I completed my French homework, if nothing else. Now, in university, I force myself to get up and get dressed in time to make it to … [Read more...]

Friday Links

Photo via Alethea Arnaquq-Baril. Source.

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...]

“Why Helpless?” Victims of Racist Attacks Are Not Just Victims


A few days ago, as part of an event hosted by Columbia Journalism school, Nahed El Tantawy, Nina Ansary, and Lisa Goldman took part in a panel with the title “Alternate Narratives of the Middle East: Coverage of Women.” I’d recommend everyone go watch it, even thought at the beginning much of the discussion covered well-worn ground – Middle Eastern women are not all Muslim, they don’t all cover, they are not all oppressed, they don't all have the same understanding of their faith, they are anythi … [Read more...]

Pick Up Artists: Veiling Misogyny with Islam


*Trigger Warning: Rape, Sexualized Violence, Misogyny* Toronto boasts a wonderfully diverse population. It is probably one of the most diverse cities in the world. And it is also home to the largest Muslim community in the country. There are different Islamic centres, and incredible organizations like Outburst! that advocate for the rights of Muslim women. Toronto also hosts wonderful food festivals, and huge conferences featuring world class scholars and teachers of Islamic knowledge and … [Read more...]

A Creeping Sharia Freakout: How France’s latest “Muslim Problem” Really Wasn’t One


As is usually the case in France, any time anything happens where Muslims could even remotely be involved, it becomes a media circus - any time is a good time to talk about how “Muslims want it their way” or how “Muslims don’t want to integrate.”Last week, a 21 year old woman in a public park in the city of Reims was apparently assaulted by Muslim women for wearing a bikini in public. Several news outlets picked up on the story, including my personal favorite, the Daily Mail (whether that is … [Read more...]

Is Islamophobia Real?


A few weeks ago, I was meeting a friend of a friend for the first time. Now usually, my name gets transformed into Tamsin, or Tasmeem, or Tasmeen (the last two have quite unfortunate meanings in Arabic). In this case, the person I was introducing myself to said “Oh, like that creepy ISI woman.” I wasn’t sure what this referred to. Cue explanation that there was a character named Tasneem on season four of the TV show Homeland, a creepy ISI woman who was in league with the Taliban.Although Home … [Read more...]