Pages Categorized: CCMW National

Celebrating the Order of Canada

Source: Kingston Whig-Standard Author: Wayne Grady This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian decoration. The Order was established by then governor general Roland Michener in 1967, two years after then prime minister Lester Pearson gave us the Canadian flag. Michener was the first recipient of the Order,… Read more »

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 »

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.

96.9 Radio Humber Interviews Alia Hogben

On Friday February 3rd, 2017, 96.9 Humber Radio interviewed Alia Hogben regarding issues impacting Muslim women, particularly the hijab, niqab and Islamophobic government policies in the US. You may listen to the full interview below.

Campaigning against discrimination

Author: Alia Hogben Source: Whig Column Happy New Year! Recently, our organization, the Canadian Council of Muslim Women, was honoured that our government invited us to be on a panel at the U.N Forum on Anti –Muslim Discrimination on January 17/2017. As the Forum was organized by Canada, the U.S, the European Union and the… Read more »

High Level Forum on Combating Anti-Muslim Discrimination and Hatred – Press Summary

Source: European Union Delegation to the United Nations – New York Watch video coverage of the delegation: Part I Part II On Tuesday January 17, representatives from government, intergovernmental organizations, civil society, academia, and the private sector gathered at a High Level Forum at the United Nations to discuss ways to combat anti-Muslim discrimination and hatred. Efforts… Read more »

Letter to the Editor of the Winnipeg Free Press re: Memories of the first Mosque to open its doors in Manitoba

Author: Dr. Ferrukh Faruqui Source: Winnipeg Free Press I was delighted to read about the 40th anniversary of the first mosque in the province to open its doors. As a former Winnipegger, I have fond memories of fundraising for and growing up in the mosque. My father, Mr. Irshad Ahmad Faruqui, designed the mosque for… 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 »

Toronto Police chaplain speaks out after online comments on women’s ‘obedience’ draw concern

Author: CBC Source: Shanifa Nasser, Natalie Nanowski A newly-appointed chaplain for Toronto police is speaking out after coming under fire from the police union for comments made about marriage and women’s duties to their husbands. Musleh Khan says he appreciates the criticism of his choice of words after a 2013 webinar surfaced. Titled The Heart of the Home:… 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 »

40/40 Hindsight: Alia Hogben reflects on the decade

Author: Dave McGinn Source: The Globe and Mail Your 40s are a crucial decade, but they hardly get the study and attention as other periods of life. To right that wrong, The Globe and Mail’s Dave McGinn is launching Halftime, a new project that aims to fully understand a person’s fifth decade. He’ll be talking… Read more »

Open Letter to the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran

June 2016  Your Excellency, Ayatollah Sayed ‘Ali Khamenei Assalam-u-alaikum. We are members of the Muslim Community of Canada. We are writing to you about the case of Professor Homa Hoodfar, an Iranian-Muslim Professor of Anthropology at Concordia University in Montreal. She travelled to Iran in early 2016 to visit family and conduct scholarly research but… Read more »

Halal labels now regulated by Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Originally Posted: Radio Canada International Date Posted: April 6, 2016 Halal labelling of food became a little more transparent in Canada this week. After extensive consultation the Canadian government “amended the ‘Food and Drug Regulations’ to provide consumers with more information about how food labelled as halal are made” according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency‘s… Read more »