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Position Statements: Violence Against Women: Health & Justice for Canadian Muslim Women

CCMW has completed its position statements on Violence Against Women and Girls, Femicide, Forced Marriage and Female Genital Cutting/Mutilation (FGC/FGM). The statements are part of CCMW’s two year project Violence Against Women: Health and Justice for Canadian Muslim Women and are available for download from our Resource section

22 Community Workshops Across Canada

This Spring and Summer, CCMW chapters and community partners successfully organized 22 community workshops across Canada, which focused on violence against women and girls. The workshops were facilitated by CCMW trained women and engaged local community members, service providers, educators, law enforcement personnel, legal professionals and religious leaders to address domestic violence, forced marriage, femicide… Read more »

Why White

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Women Who Inspire Brunch and Awards Ceremony 2013

CCMW had its annual fundraising event ‘Women Who Inspire Brunch and Awards Ceremony’ on Sunday, October 6th 2013. This year the event was held at Novotel, North York, Toronto. Proceeds from the tickets go towards the Lila Fahlman Scholarship, which is named after the late Dr. Lila Fahlman, a renowned educator and founder of CCMW…. Read more »

Refusing to be silenced

There are two recent developments that are particularly discouraging for Canadian Muslims.

The first is the fact that the controversial proposed Quebec charter’s blatant racism and prejudice is sadly supported by many Canadians. The findings of the recent Angus Reid Opinion Poll of all Canadians, as quoted in Maclean’s magazine, (October 2013) found an increase in the negative attitude toward Islam, amongst non-Muslim Canadians, from 46% in 2009, to 54% in 2013.

These factors are disheartening for those of us who work toward trying to improve relationships. Still, trying to be optimistic and hopeful, I say to myself, at least half of our fellow citizens like us … glass half full or half empty.

Quebec physicians ordered to stop performing virginity tests

Quebec’s physicians college has forbidden its members from performing virginity tests after learning of four cases in which doctors were asked to conduct the gynecological exams.

Shaheen Ashraf, from the Canadian Council of Muslim Women, said virginity tests are “archaic.”

“We should be able to control our own bodies,” she said. “No one else should have the right to even think (along) those lines.”

Canada Honors AIDS Muslim Activist

A Canadian council for Muslim women has honored Fanta Ongoiba for her efforts over the past two decades in fighting Aids and offering education to Muslim women in Toronto and her home country in Mali.

Muslim AIDS activist honoured for taboo-busting work

Fanta Ongoiba has spent the last two decades pulling back the veil on one of Islam’s most delicate cultural taboos: sexual health. On Sunday October 6, 2013 Fanta was honoured by the Canadian Council of Muslim Women for her efforts. She spoke to the Star before the awards ceremony, and an edited version of the conversation was published in the Star.

Canadian Council of Muslim Women (CCMW) releases two new reports: Violence against Women: Health and Justice for Canadian Muslim Women and Women in Niqab Speak: A Study of Women Who Wear the Niqab

TORONTO, October 3, 2013 – CCMW tackles controversial topics in its latest reports:  1) violence against women and girls, particularly femicide or honour based violence, forced marriages, violence in the family, and female genital cutting/mutilation and 2) the niqab or the Muslim face-veil

2013 Women Who Inspire Award recipients to be honoured

TORONTO, October 3, 2013 – The Canadian Council of Muslim Women (CCMW) is proud to honour six outstanding Canadian Muslim women who have made a positive contribution to the lives of women and girls and their communities.  CCMW will also award scholarships to deserving women who are pursuing post-secondary education.

Activists push for global ban on stoning

Two months ago, a young mother-of-two was stoned to death by her relatives on the order of a tribal court in Pakistan. Her crime: possession of a mobile phone. Arifa Bibi’s uncle, cousins and others hurled stones and bricks at her until she died, according to media reports. She was buried in a desert far from her village. It’s unlikely anyone was arrested.