Shaheen and Farida of CCMW Montreal holding the CCMW banner at the Women’s March! There were lots of speeches by many organizations ALL in support of women. There were some men also holding banners that say “We Support Women whole heartedly”. So it was quite a gathering on the steps of Place des Arts. We got a new member who will be coming to our meeting on the 28th inshaAllah.
Nasim Kherani—President of CCMW Edmonton and board member with the Edmonton Interfaith Centre for Education and Action—gave a powerful speech alongside CCMW Edmonton’s Secretary Salima Versi at the Women’s Anniversary March organized by the March On Edmonton Collective on January 20, 2018 at the Alberta Legislature. Watch the video to listen to Nasim Kherani’s powerful speech at the Women’s Anniversary March in Edmonton!
Shaila Kibria from CCMW National met with Tazul Ali, a leader of the CCMW Vancouver Chapter at a coffee shop in Burnaby, BC. The two of them discussed engaging men and boys to speak up against VAW.
Workshops for men and boys are taking place all across Canada. The CCMW Vancouver Chapter will hold a workshop in February 2018. Stay tuned for details.
It is imperative that men and boys join women and girls in the alleviation of gender based violence. The “Engaging Men and Boys” workshops started with White Ribbon, and is in it’s final year of programming.
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.
For more details, please check out http://ccmw.com/engaging-men-and-boys-to-end-violence-in-the-family/
Author: Alia Hogben
Source: Whig Column
As Canadians, we are much influenced by whatever happens in the United States, from their culture to their politics. The recent election of Donald Trump has left most of us stunned, bewildered and perhaps even fearful.
Should we in Canada worry about the spread of the recent political ideas from the States? One example is the intense interest in “populism,” a concept I knew little about till now.
Supposedly one of the factors in the U.S. presidential race was populism, which allowed Trump to win. A populist believes that society is split between the “corrupt” elite and the “pure, downtrodden” people. It also divides those who are white, right wing, fearful of losing their dominance in society, from other citizens who are ethnically or religiously different. This did not lead to a revolution for the masses but it did lead to racism and discrimination against each other.
However, it is truly puzzling that rich, elitist Trump, with his colleagues who are also wealthy, are looked up to by the ordinary citizens as their advocates and saviours. They do not see the dichotomy between the wealth of their newly elected government and their own needs. The public only see Trump as their maligned leader, a financial success.
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