Time for Ilhan: Upcoming Toronto Event Explores Experience of Veiled Muslim Women in North American PoliticsWritten by Staff Writer
Somali American Ilhan Omar just became the first veiled Muslim woman to be elected to the US Congress. What about the experiences of other veiled Muslim women who have run poltical campaigns in Canada?
Filmed prior to the US election in 2016, the documentary explores the rise of 34-year-old Ilhan Omar, a dedicated community organizer who partakes in the highly contested race for a seat in the Minnesota State Legislature. With a team that firmly believes in the power of a truly representative democracy, Omar becomes the first Somali-American and Black Muslim woman to be elected to a state legislature in the United States.
The screening of the documentary will be followed by a discussion with Ausma Malik and Munira Abukar, who veiled Muslim women who have run as candidates in Toronto municipal elections.
The panel will be moderated by CityNews' Ginella Massa, the first veiled Muslim woman to anchor Canadian news.
Together, they will explore what it means for Muslim women to run for office in an increasingly racist, xenophobic, and Islamophobic North American political landscape
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- Ausma Malik Ausma Malik
- Ginella Massa Ginella Massa
- Munira Abukar Munira Abukar
- The Regent Park Film Festival The Regent Park Film Festival
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