The story of the Canadian Council of Muslim Women (CCMW) begins in 1982 when a group of dynamic and devoted Muslim women from across the country congregated in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Led by the late founder of CCMW, Dr. Lila Fahlman, these women sought to mobilize their passion for social justice and faith in order to enrich their communities and work towards the common good of Canadian society.
This inaugural meeting led to the establishment of CCMW, a not-for-profit organization that works to provide equity, equality and empowerment for all Canadian Muslim women. For the past 30 years, its proud and accomplished roster of members have achieved and continue to achieve great milestones for Muslim women and Canada’s multicultural landscape. As a highly diverse organization, CCMW is firmly committed to the overarching vision of improving the status of Muslim women to remain true to their Islamic heritage and Canadian identity.
The initiative was launched in 2007, to recognize Canadian Muslim women who have made a difference in the lives of other people in Canada and/ or abroad. The awards are now part of CCMW’s regular activities. At least one of the honouress will be 30 years of age or younger.
The Lila Fahlman Scholarship is named after the late Dr. Lila Fahlman, a renowned educator and founder of the Canadian Council of Muslim Women (CCMW). The scholarship is sponsored by CCMW with generous donations from CCMW members and supporters. Each year, at CCMW’s annual Women Who Inspire event raises funds to support promising Canadian Muslim women in their studies. The deadline to apply for the scholarship is June 30, 2017.