Alia Hogben (C.M., LL.D.)
“To me the values of Islam – social justice, compassion and equality – are the basis for the rights of citizens in a democracy”- Queen’s University 2011
Alia has been involved with CCMW since its establishment; first as a board member and now as the Executive Director, a position that she has dutifully held for more than a decade. While working with the CCMW she has lead campaigns, which promote the equal status of women and interfaith-dialogue, presented at international conferences and helped develop community projects, publications and initiatives, which empower Muslim women and their families. An Honorary Doctorate recipient from Queen’s School of Divinity, in 2012 she became the second Canadian Muslim woman to be awarded the Order of Canada for her work in the area of women’s rights. Yet, as Alia firmly establishes these recognitions are not individual accomplishments but reflect the collective spirit and hard work of CCMW:
“It is the Canadian Council of Muslim Women who passionately ‘desire a better country’ for all Canadians, and especially for those of us who ‘appear’ to be different because of religion, race or ethnicity…it (the Order of Canada) recognizes the efforts at the grassroots level of a small group of women to create change, to assist others to become part of the fabric of Canada, to be fully active in civic matters and to feel empowered to make their own lives better. It is a trickle in the vast scheme of things but how superb it is to be affirmed for our efforts!”
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Shaila Kibria is a mother of four, loving wife, and a daughter to one of the first Bangladeshi Immigrants to Canada. A community activist at heart, Shaila Kibria works towards fighting inequality in the community.
Shaila is most known for her passion in alleviating poverty, speaking for the oppressed, and joining alliances to help improve the political atmosphere.
Shaila’s favourite moto is by Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) “Feed the hungry. Visit the sick. Set free the captives”.
Shaila Kibria has been involved in raising money for the Syrian refugees, fundraising for marginalized Black youth, and being one of the voices for women in Peel.
Shaila is an author of the hardcover children’s book Maariyah’s Day, available at Chapters, public libraries, Amazon and SoundVision. Maariyah’s Day is about the experiences a little Muslim girl goes through in her life as a Canadian Muslima. Shaila is currently writing her second book about a Canadian Muslim woman’s experience with love, romance, and marriage in the Canadian Bangladeshi diaspora.
Shaila is called upon for interfaith dialogue for opening ceremonies. Shaila sincerely loves working with people of different cultures and religions. She strives to build bridges between different faiths. This has led her to pursue her masters in interfaith Pastoral Studies at the University of Toronto.
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Executive Administrative Assistant
Sabrine Azraq is a Palestinian Muslim woman who recently graduated from the University of Toronto with a Masters of Education in Social Justice Education. She uses her platforms as an educator, student, writer, and community activist to centre marginalized voices. She is honoured and excited to work with CCMW and hopes to contribute to CCMW’s future strides.
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