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OUR FALL 2019 PANEL IS HERE! And, we have a new night: we're now live on the last Tuesday of every month!
Ask Womxn Anything presents September's panel featuring a night of candid discussion around Bill 21 and its implications.
We are lining up a power-packed panel of womxn experts from our community for the panel: Melanie Adrian, Sahada Alolo, Shahad Khalladi and Sheema Khan. Join us at 7pm on September 24th Tuesday at Bar Robo (Chinatown), 692 Somerset Street West. Come out for a great hour-long discussion... you can ask our panelists anything!
Melanie Adrian’s work critically examines the tensions which arise when a general religious right is applied in a specific context and what this application signifies for national identity and cultural norms. Her writing looks at minority rights and their manifestation in relationship to international and national human rights norms and respect for national values. Her book, Religious Freedom at Risk: The EU, French schools, and Why the Veil was Banned, takes up these issues in France and the wider European context. Dr. Adrian holds her Ph.D. in Social Anthropology and the Study of Religion from Harvard University. This degree builds on an M.A from Essex University in the Theory and Practice of Human Rights, an A.M with a focus on Religion and Human Rights from Harvard University, and a B.A from the University of Waterloo in Comparative Religious Studies. Dr. Adrian is currently on faculty in the Department of Law and Legal Studies at Carleton University in Ottawa.
Sahada Alolo is the Manager of Community Engagement at Multifaith Housing Initiative. She is the joint Secretary at the Ottawa Muslim Women’s Organization and the co-chair of the Community Equity Council of the Ottawa Police.
Self proclaimed ‘Canadian hockey mom’ Sheema Khan emigrated from India to Montreal at three years of age. Sheema enjoyed immersing herself in Quebecois culture and cheering for the Montreal Canadiens. She earned her Masters in Physics and a Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from Harvard University. She also completed post-doctoral research at MIT and McGill. She is trilingual in English, French and Urdu. Since 2002, Sheema has also offered commentary and insight into culture and religion in the Canadian landscape as a monthly columnist for the Globe and Mail. In 2009, a compilation of her columns was published in the book Of Hockey and Hijab: Reflections of a Canadian Muslim Woman.
In 2012, she was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for service to Canada. In 2013, the Jeanne Sauvé Foundation celebrated Sheema’s columns on the intersection of culture, gender and religion in the contemporary landscapes. As the foundation’s keynote speaker, she challenged all Canadians to adopt inclusive practices.
Shahad Khalladi is a Muslim community organizer based in Ottawa. She has worked on the election-energized campaign by NCCM, She has served on electoral district associations as both a director and VP policy and worked at the Prime Minister’s office on the PMs youth portfolio. Shahad currently works for the Canadian Chief Science Advisor as a policy analyst. Shahad continues to engage with Muslim communities across Canada on key issues, especially those affecting marginalized communities and women.
**NOTE: Due to the popularity of previous events and the strict capacity at Bar Robo, this event will require pre-booked tickets on EventBrite (free of charge!) in order to be guaranteed entry. Those without a ticket will be let in on a first come first served basis after ticket holders. Get your tickets soon! Please come to the event early with your ticket to make sure you can attend the event!
Come and join us as we highlight these womxn as they share their journeys, insights, ideals and take our questions over a 60 min period. Enjoy an evening of awesome drinks and snacks from Bar Robo and knowledge sharing with Ottawa's incredible womxn!
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