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Guiding Principles

  • We are guided by the Quranic message of God’s mercy and justice, and of the equality of all persons, and that each person is directly answerable to God.
  • We value a pluralistic society, and foster the goal of strength and diversity within a unifying vision and the values of Canada. Our identity of being Muslim women and of diverse ethnicity and race is integral to being Canadian.
  • As Canadians, we abide by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the law of Canada.
  • We believe in the universality of human rights, which means equality and social justice, with no restrictions or discrimination based on gender or race.
  • We are vigilant in safeguarding and enhancing our identity and our rights to make informed choices amongst a variety of options.
  • We acknowledge that CCMW is one voice amongst many who speak on behalf of Muslim women, and that there are others who may represent differing perspectives.
  • We aim to be actively inclusive and accepting of diversity among ourselves, as Muslim women.

Yet most importantly, reflecting the principles and spirit of the Canadian Charter of Rights of Freedoms, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, and the International Convention on the  Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.