CCMW had its annual fundraising event ‘Women Who Inspire Brunch and Awards Ceremony’ on Sunday, October 6th 2013. This year the event was held at Novotel, North York, Toronto. Proceeds from the tickets go towards the Lila Fahlman Scholarship, which is named after the late Dr. Lila Fahlman, a renowned educator and founder of CCMW.
Every year, CCMW is proud to honour six outstanding Canadian Muslims with the Women Who Inspire awards. A key objective of these awards is to provide role models for girls and women and promote a positive image of Canadian Muslim women who have demonstrated a commitment to improving the lives of others and women’s equality, and have embraced diversity within Muslim communities and in the broader Canadian society.
This year’s award winners demonstrate a zest for community services, commitment to ending gender-based violence and building bridges between Muslim communities and the larger Canadian society. The winners were: Almas Jiwani, Erum Afsar, Fanta Ongoiba, Fatima Sajan, Jamelie Hassan and Mumtaz Ebrahim.
The recipients of the scholarship were Fartoon Said and Aruba Mustafa. The scholarship is sponsored with generous donations from Ash-Lee Maritime Inc., Fadumo Gurey, Sadia Zaman, CCMW members and supporters.
After the initial welcome and introductory remarks, Professor Asma Barlas presented the keynote speech on ‘Challenging Violence Against Women and Girls from an Islamic Perspective’. In addition, CCMW presented two projects ‘Muslim Women and the Niqab’ presented by Lynda Clarke and ‘Violence Against Women: Health and Justice for Canadian Muslim Women’ presented by Pamela Cross.
You can read more about the event by an article covered by the Toronto Star including an interview by one of the award winners: Fanta Ongoiba. You can also hear Alia Hogben’s interview speak on CKUT about the event on October 9th 2013.
To browse more pictures from the event, please visit our national Facebook page.
Winners from the Women Who Inspire Brunch and Awards Ceremony 2013, from left to right: Fatima Sajan, Jamelie Hassan, Fanta Ongoiba, Almas Jiwani, Mumtaz Ebrahim and Erum Noreen Afsar