Press Release: Canadian Muslim Women Who Inspire 2016

For immediate release                                                                      September 22, 2016

Canadian Muslim Women Who Inspire 2016

Toronto, ON: The Canadian Council of Muslim Women (CCMW) will honour six outstanding Canadian Muslim women at its annual Women Who Inspire awards and scholarship fundraiser in Toronto on September 25, 2016.

This year’s honourees include an artist and curator of a northern art gallery, a leader in public policy, an advocate for health and physical education, instructor and an advocate for victims of violence, a feminist diversity advocate and a mental health and inmates’ rights educator and activist.

The recipients of this year’s Women Who Inspire awards:

  • Salima Ebrahim: Executive Director of the Banff Forum, Edmonton, Alberta
  • Melikie Joseph: Instructor at Fanshawe College, Victim Support Worker for the London Police Services, London, Ontario
  • Nadia Kurd: Curator at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, Ontario
  • Rabea Murtaza: Founder of Muslims for Ontario’s Health and Physical Education Curriculum, Toronto, Ontario
  • Jenny Ratansi-Rodrigues: Director General and Corporate Secretary for the Department of Canadian Heritage, Ottawa, Ontario
  • Farhat Rehman: Co-founder of MOMS Ottawa (Mothers Offering Mutual Support), Ottawa, ON.

In addition to recognizing the honourees above, the Council will present a scholarship to a Canadian Muslim woman pursuing post-secondary education in disciplines ranging from epidemiology to urban planning.  The scholarship is awarded in honour of CCMW’s founder Dr. Lila Fahlman.

  • Hind Sadiqi: Student at the University of Montreal in nutrition and founder of Nutritionist of the World.

Read all the winners’ bios here.

This year’s program includes a panel discussion on “Accommodation and Adaptation:  A Two-Way Street” featuring human rights and community experts.  Read more about the panel discussion here.

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The event will be held on Sunday, September 25, 2016 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Novotel Toronto North York, 3 Park Home Avenue, Toronto, ON.  Tickets can be purchased at  For more information, please call (416) 875-7796, email or visit