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.

The Awards, to be presented by CCMW at the Novotel North York in Toronto on Sunday, October 6, were established in 2007 to promote a positive image of Canadian Muslim women and to provide a positive role model for girls and women in Muslim communities and the community at large. This year CCMW is pleased to present the Women Who Inspire Awards to the following accomplished Canadian Muslim women:

  • Erum Afsar, an engineer by profession, as General Supervisor, expanded City of Edmonton’s LRT system and remains the consummate advocate for women’s equality.  She is currently championing the creation of a childcare centre for employees of the City of Edmonton.
  • Mumtaz Ebrahim, adult educator, entrepreneur, grassroots activist and adventurer, climbed Mt. Kilamanjaro; completed her MBA after raising her children and has been active with CCMW since its inception in 1982.
  • Jamelie Hassan, renowned national and international artist; winner of the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts.
  • Almas Jiwani, President of UN Women National Committee of Canada; received many honours, including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Governor General’s Caring Award.
  • Fanta Ongoiba, Ontario’s preeminent African AIDS activist, under her leadership at Africans in Partnership against AIDS (APAA) expanded education and outreach to Muslim populations and has brought understanding to Muslim communities on HIV/AIDS, acceptance of sexual diversity and tolerance for LGBT populations.
  • Fatima Sajan, fundraiser par excellence, at the Humber River Hospital Foundation, secured 200,000 dollars in staff gifts and 250,000 dollars for major gifts. Fatima inspires young women by her example.

The program includes a keynote address by Dr. Asma Barlas on challenging violence against women and girls from an Islamic perspective and presentations on two new Council publications, Violence Against Women:  Health and Justice for Canadian Muslim Women and Women in Niqab Speak: A Study of the Niqab in Canada.

CCMW will also award scholarships to deserving women who are pursuing post-secondary education.

The event will be held on Sunday, October 6 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Novotel Hotel, 3 Park Home Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M2N 6L3.  Further details and tickets to the event available at:

For further information, please contact Sahar Zaidi at 416-875-7796 or saharzaidi@gmail.com.