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.
Canadian Council of Muslim Women (CCMW)’s #Hate2Healing campaign includes a powerful video which captures this trauma of online hate in the story of Noor, a young woman in Canada whose experience with online hate should cause us all to feel the need to act.
CCMW's Executive Director Nuzhat Jafri participated in the National Summit on Islamophobia earlier today to share the experiences and perspectives of CCMW members and of young women and girls on Islamophobia.
Dr. Sahin left his home in Libya for Canada in 1958. Originally from Turkey, he landed in Kingston, Ontario to train as a surgeon and later practiced medicine across northern Ontario before eventually settling in the Niagara region.