On International Women’s Day we would like to pay tribute to women worldwide who contribute to the well-being of their families, communities and countries. 2012 also marks CCMW’s 30th year of working for the equality, equity and empowerment of Canadian Muslim women. We would therefore like to take this opportunity to express our appreciation and applaud the hard work of all our members, past and present.
The Canadian Council of Muslim Women (CCMW) condemns the murder of women in the name of family honour or for any other reason. There is zero tolerance in our faith for the murder of another human being. CCMW uses the term customary killing for this type of abhorrent crime, although this term is also not ideal, as we believe there is no honour in killing.
In celebration of International Women’s Day the Canadian Council of Muslim Women (CCMW) has launched two resources for educators and service providers. The first, Being a Canadian Muslim Woman in the 21st Century: Educational Resource Kit, while primarily aimed at educators and teachers in the classroom, can also be used to sensitize service providers such as social workers and physicians, to issues and challenges faced by young Muslim women.. The second, MY Canada: Finding Common Ground was created by and for Muslim youth and those who want to engage with them.
Along with all Canadians, we are shocked to hear of the threats of violence being made by fellow citizens on Canadian and foreign soil. It is a matter of enormous sadness for us that the three accused men are Canadian Muslims. At this time it is futile to defend, apologize or explain that this is against Islam, but we can and do condemn the use of violence to resolve any issues, for it is well known that violence only begets more violence.
Canadian Parliamentary Inquiry into Anti-Semitism: Presentation of Alia Hogben on behalf of the Canadian Council of Muslim Women
This is the presentation of Alia Hogben on behalf of the Canadian Council of Muslim Women at the Canadian Parliamentary Inquiry into Anti-Semitism. The presentation addresses five of the questions which the panel provided as a springboard for discussions.
The Canadian Council of Muslim Women (CCMW) is responding to an urgent call to action from Muslim mothers across Canada. CCMW has initiated a unique forum, leaving it to Muslim youth from across Canada to organize. It is an opportunity for them to explore what it means to be a Canadian Muslim and the many paths they can travel on the road to citizenship, without taking dangerous detours.
We would also like to express our trepidation regarding the scope of the inquiry and what the Coalition seems to view as ‘Antisemitic’. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica the term Semite includes “Arabs, Akkadians, Canaanites, some Ethiopians, and Aramaean tribes including Hebrews.” However, it appears the scope of the inquiry is restricted to studying discrimination against only members of the Jewish faith.
Five Canadian Muslim women including Don Valley East MP Yasmin Ratansi, are the recipients of the 2009 Women Who Inspire Awards for their commitment to women’s equality and their work in fostering diversity and inclusion.
The Awards, to be presented by the Canadian Council of Muslim Women (CCMW) at the Noor Cultural Centre on Sunday, May 24, recognize Canadian Muslim women who have made a difference in the lives of others in Canada and around the world.
At its fall 2006 conference, the CCMW launched a scholarship to mark its 25th anniversary in 2007 and to honour Dr. Lila Fahlman, educator, philanthropist and the founder of the Council. Dr. Fahlman, who dedicated her life to public service, was a trailblazer for Muslim women in civic life. In 1971, she ran for public office on the New Democratic Party ticket in a federal election.
The Canadian Council of Muslim Women (CCMW) has expanded its family of scholarships for the 2008-2009 academic year. Scholarships will be awarded to Muslim women pursuing post-secondary programs in education, social sciences, social justice, media and the arts.