The Right to Choose: Hijab and Human Rights

Centering the voices of Muslim women

Friday, October 21, 7:00 p.m.

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CMHR, Bonnie & John Buhler Hall

Wearing the hijab is a debated issue, with religious governments forcing women to wear it while secular governments call for it to be banned.

Caught in between are Muslim women who struggle for their voices to be heard and their freedom of choice respected. How can we build a culture that places their voices at the centre of conversations about the hijab?

Join CMHR CEO Isha Khan for a moderated conversation with Nuzhat Jafri, Zoulaykah Al Lilo and Shahina Siddiqui.

About the speakers:

Nuzhat Jafri is Executive Director of the Canadian Council of Muslim Women. She is a tireless advocate for human rights, equity, inclusion and accessibility.

Zoulaykah Al Lilo is a newcomer refugee, originally from Syria. A student at the University of Winnipeg, she aspires to be a human rights lawyer.

Shahina Siddiqui is a writer, author, spiritual counselor, speaker and educator. She co‐founded the Islamic Social Services Association in 1999, where she serves as volunteer Executive Director.

Isha Khan is a lawyer, educator and community leader dedicated to building a culture of human rights in Canada and beyond.

Please note: this program is subject to change or cancellation without notice.