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Panel Discussion and Public Conversation - The Niqab in Canada: Now What?

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Innis Town Hall

2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto

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It has been called oppressive, ultra-religious, a barrier, even a threat to public safety. Niqab-wearing women in public get stared at, harassed and, at times, physically assaulted by total strangers.

In the meantime, many Muslims vehemently oppose the niqab and claim it is not a religious requirement, rather a cultural, patriarchal vestige from times gone by.

Some politicians found in it the mother of all wedge issues.

No one is indifferent about the niqab.

Regardless, niqab-wearing women are in Canada – and they have rights. What does the future hold for them? Will they integrate? Will they be accepted?

Panellists:

Aima Warriach, student, graphic designer, writer

Faisal Bhabha, Associate Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School

Dr. Pamela Divinsky, Executive Director, Mosaic Institute

Huda Bukhari, Executive Director, Arab Community Centre of Toronto

Alia Hogben, Executive Director, Canadian Council of Muslim Women

Moderated by:

Raja Khouri


Presenting partners:

National Council of Canadian Muslims

Council of Canadian Muslim Women

The Canadian Muslim Vote

Arab Community Centre of Toronto

Canadian Association of Muslim Women in Law

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