Source: The Guardian
Moroccan author Asma Lamrabet is used to multi-tasking — mixing her writing with a career in medicine — but perhaps her most noteworthy balancing act is being both a faithful Muslim and a committed feminist.
A tireless advocate for gender equality in a region where women’s rights often lag far behind those of men, Lamrabet has accumulated a body of work showing how feminism and Islam can co-exist despite centuries of male-centred dogma.
“There’s a tendency to conflate models and ideals. But just as there are different models of democracy, there are different types of feminism,” she tells AFP in her Rabat offices.
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Author: Mike Smee
The Peel District School Board is stepping back from a new policy that forced Muslim students to choose from a bank of stock sermons during Friday prayers, rather than writing their own. In a revised policy released Friday, board staff recommend that students be given a choice between delivering sermons of their own creation, or choosing between a series of pre-written sermons approved by local Imams.
Friday prayers will continue to be supervised by a staff member, the revised policy says.
Trustees will vote on the proposal at their regular meeting next Tuesday evening.
The problems first emerged in September.
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This is a 3-year project, funded by Status of Women Canada, with the goal to engage men and boys from Muslim communities to end violence in the family.
The objectives of this project are to:
· Develop and strengthen the skills of men and boys, working in partnership with women and girls, to identify and respond to issues and gender-based violence in their communities.
· Engage key decision makers in the communities so as to transform the environment and create a cultural shift.
CCMW has partnered with White Ribbon for the first year of the project to carry out a needs assessment on how to engage Muslim men and boys. Together, CCMW and White Ribbon carried out 7 focus groups in January and February of 2016. Interviews were carried out with key individuals, an online survey was distributed, and desktop research was conducted as additional research for the needs assessment. Based on the data gathered, White Ribbon has been developing a toolkit that will be used to conduct local workshops in partnership with CCMW’s chapters and volunteers.
In early 2017, CCMW will be coming to three cities (Toronto, Ottawa and Edmonton) to train volunteers to carry out workshops to engage men and boys to end violence in the family. The training will also be available through a webinar.
If you are interested in attending one of the training sessions, please contact email@example.com. Keep Reading »