Posts By: CCMW

Canada Visits Sweden To Talk About Inclusiveness

Author: David Johnston Source: Huff Post Politics The ovation lasted a full three minutes, and boy, was it loud. What ovation, you ask? I’m referring to the one given just over a month ago in Ottawa, Canada to Sweden native and former Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson, whose No. 11 jersey was recently retired by… Read more »

M-103 Can Ban Islamophobia, But Only Honest Dialogue Will End It

Author: Junaid Jahangir Source: Huff Post Politics Recently MP Iqra Khalid received death threats for presenting motion M-103. The motion calls for condemning Islamophobia in the wake of the Quebec mosque shooting. The reaction to her motion and the blockage of a Toronto mosque only corroborate the virulent hatred against Muslims that exists among some segments in Canada. The… Read more »

Musawah’s 8th Anniversary

On February 14, 2017 Musawah celebrated its 8th anniversary. To mark this special occasion, CCMW participated by posting a video message to show our support. Watch CCMW’s board member from Calgary, Tahira Ebrahim’s message to Musawah.

1 in 5 college women say they were violated

Author: Nick Anderson,  Scott Clement Source: The Washington Post Twenty percent of young women who attended college during the past four years say they were sexually assaulted, according to a Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll. But the circle of victims on the nation’s campuses is probably even larger. Many others endured attempted attacks, the poll found, or… Read more »

The Violence of Gender Discrimination in Nationality Laws

Author:  Catherine Harrington, Campaign Manager, Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation News Upon first glance, gender-based violence (GBV) and laws pertaining to citizenship may seem worlds apart. In fact, there are significant links between women’s nationality rights and GBV. During these 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, it is a good time to consider how gender discrimination… Read more »

Roundtable with Chair of Saudi Arabia’s Human Rights Commission

Author: Alia Hogben, Executive Director of CCMW Thank you for including our organization, the Canadian Council of Muslim Women, in this discussion with Dr. El- Aiban on Human Rights. We are very interested in this discussion regarding both Canada as well as the Muslim majority countries. Muslims have been in Canada since before our Confederation…. Read more »

Open Letter to Honourable Ministers Mitzie Hunter and Indira Naidoo-Harris

 EMBARGOED UNTIL 10 A.M. ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2016  October 31, 2016 SENT VIA EMAIL  Honourable Mitzie Hunter Minister of Education Ministry of Education 22nd Floor, Mowat Block 900 Bay Street Toronto, Ontario M7A 1L2 Email:; — and — Honourable Indira Naidoo-Harris Associate Minister of Education Ministry of Education 22nd Floor, Mowat Block 900… Read more »

Roundtable on Freedom of Religion or Belief: Global Affairs Canada, with U.N. Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief: Dr Ahmed Shaheed.

Author: Alia Hogben, Executive Director of CCMW Giuliana Natale, Director, Inclusion and Religious Freedom, Office of HR, Freedoms and Inclusion. Thank you for including our organization, the Canadian Council of Muslim Women, in this important discussion. We welcome Dr Shaheed to Canada and though today we are focusing on issues abroad, I am sure you will… Read more »

York school trustees demand ‘transparency’ on principal investigation

Author: Noor Javed Source: Toronto Star Two trustees are asking school board officials to clarify if proper policies were followed in the investigation into allegations a principal made anti-Muslim Facebook postings. After weeks of silence from the York Region public school board, two trustees are asking top officials to clarify if proper policies were followed… Read more »

Claiming What Women Need Emotionally is the Next Step for Women

Author: Rosjke Hasseidine Source: The Huffington Post I believe that the next stage in women’s evolution involves speaking what women need emotionally. Most women come from families that have for generations been focused on what men think and need, and within this climate, what women need has been ignored and denied, creating lives in which… Read more »

IRAN: Heavy Sentence Against Human Rights Defender Ms. Nargess Mohammadi Must Be Overturned

Author: Womens UN Reporting Network Source: WUNRN PRESS RELEASE – THE OBSERVATORY Paris-Geneva, September 29, 2016. The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (FIDH-OMCT partnership) strongly condemns the heavy prison sentence upheld in appeal against the arbitrarily imprisoned human rights defender Ms. Nargess Mohammadi, Spokesperson and Vice-President of the Defenders of Human Rights Centre (DHRC)… Read more »


Author: Isabel Marler Source: awid Those of us who work on issues surrounding gender and religious fundamentalisms are faced with a problem of representation. It’s not so much that there isn’t enough coverage of these issues. In fact, the opposite can be true; we often feel bombarded by news coverage of the atrocities committed in the… Read more »

Court rules Edmonton Transit justified in pulling anti-Muslim bus ads

Author: Bill Mah Source: Edmonton Journal When the City of Edmonton pulled bus ads criticized as being anti-Muslim three years ago, it was justified in curtailing the advertiser’s freedom of speech, a judge has ruled. The American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) sponsored transit ads, which included the text, “Muslim Girls Honor Killed by Their Families”… Read more »