Pages Categorized: CCMW Resources

CCMW Position Paper of Equity and Equality

This CCMW discussion paper tries to clarify our understanding and belief in the values of empowerment, equality and equity for Canadian Muslim women and girls. We do not claim this to be an academic or scholarly paper. We aim to explain in plain language our understanding of these concepts which are distinct but closely linked… Read more »

CCMW Position Paper of Equity and Equality

This CCMW discussion paper tries to clarify our understanding and belief in the values of empowerment, equality and equity for Canadian Muslim women and girls. We do not claim this to be an academic or scholarly paper. We aim to explain in plain language our understanding of these concepts which are distinct but closely linked… Read more »

Muslim Women and Youth-Civic Participation Project

The Muslim Women and Youth: Enabling Civic Participation Project occurred between March 2007 and November 2008, and was funded by the Status of Women Canada. OBJECTIVES To increase the knowledge of Muslim women, legal experts and service providers regarding Muslim and Canadian family laws; To address specific needs of Muslim youth and develop strategies to rid discriminatory practices PROJECT… Read more »

My Canada

Introduction Canada is often considered the model for how a highly diverse population can live peacefully. It is certainly true that, comparatively, Canada does well on this score and our diversity is indeed a source of great strength and vitality. Canadians have made a commitment to diversity, and Canada has defined itself as an immigrant… Read more »

Women Working with Immigrant Women, 1974-2002

Identifies the educational, health care, labour and social needs of immigrant and refugee women and women of colour and initiates the development of programs and services to meet those needs. Pools and facilitates the sharing of community resources that are used to develop programs and services for women from these communities. Provides a forum for… Read more »

Voices of Muslim Women: A Community Research Project

This is community participatory research project that investigates the effects of September 11th and it’s aftermath on Canadian Muslim Women. These results demonstrate that the everyday lives of Canadian Muslim Women have been negatively affected by the events of 9/11. By critically examining individuals, communities and the media, the negative and positive consequences of 9/11… Read more »

Muslim Women More Likely to Experience Discrimination Than Other Canadian Women

Muslim women are more likely to experience discrimination than Canadian women of other faith communities and remain on the fringes of political power in Canada, according to two groundbreaking reports released today by the Canadian Council of Muslim Women (CCMW). The first report entitled, Triple Jeopardy: Muslim Women’s Experience of Discrimination, points to the fact… Read more »

The Reception of Muslim Family Law in Western Liberal States

Issues of personal status are of crucial importance for Muslim women because they often remain the last bastion of male dominance.2 As a result of considerable immigration from Muslim countries and subsequent family reunifications, legal terms and concepts rooted in the Sharia (Muslim law)3 have been “transplanted”4 into Western states through one of two routes.

Muslim Women’s Equality Rights in the Justice System: Gender, Religion and Pluralism

On April 9, 2005, the Canadian Council of Muslim Women (CCMW) hosted a symposium entitled Muslim Women’s Equality Rights in the Justice System: Gender, Religion and Pluralism. This event was organized to raise awareness and engage in dialogue, as a priority, regarding the implications of Marion Boyd’s report Dispute Resolution in Family Law: Protecting Choice,… Read more »

Muslim Women: From Polling Booths to Parliament

This report addresses an important aspect of Muslim women’s civic participation, namely their involvement in the political process. Civic minded people engage in the political process in many different ways, but voter turnout rates, party nomination to contest elections and success at the polls are the focus of this study. Muslim voter turnout rates are… Read more »

Marriage Contract

During the No Religious Arbitration debate, we came across some women wishing to deal with family matters in accordance with the traditions of their faith. Realizing the need, CCMW published this kit which allows women to develop a marriage contract in keeping with Muslim and Canadian family laws. Rooted in traditional Muslim laws, the sample… Read more »

Muslim Women: Beyond Perceptions

This report provides a demographic portrait of Canadian Muslim women. Its aim is to illuminate the discussion and issues and to provide inputs to strategic planning for the community. Islam is the principal non-Christian faith and seventh overall among all denominations. In terms of numbers, however, it is still small; the 2001 census counted 579,645… Read more »

Muslim and Canadian Family Laws

The Canadian Council of Muslim Women (CCMW) has published a series of booklets to help Canadian Muslim women make informed choices pertaining to family law in Canada. These booklets provide comparative information about Canadian and Muslim family laws, particularly as they pertain to women’s rights. We hope the booklets will be of assistance to, among… Read more »

In the Footsteps of Canadian Women 1837 – 2007

Author: Dr. Daood Hamdani Over the years, I have received many inquiries, mostly from young women, about the history and contributions of Muslim Canadians. The volume of e-mails has increased lately. Last year, a university student from Toronto summed up the reason for this surge in interest: “I wanted to let you know how much… Read more »