Masuma Khan on Resistance at TEDxDalhousieU 2018Written by Muslim Canadian TED Talks
In 2018, Masuma Khan was a speaker at TEDxDalhousieU in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
According to TEDxDalhousieU, "Born and raised in Halifax, Masuma Khan is a twenty-two year old Muslim woman whose family hails from Afghanistan. Now in her fourth year of International Development Studies at Dal, Masuma is currently Vice-President Academic and External of the Dalhousie Student Union. Masuma also works with the school’s Sexual Harassment and Assault Resource Group, sits on Dalhousie Senate, organizes public lectures to combat Islamophobia and is the Outgoing-President of Dal’s Muslim Student Association. Masuma is also a determined, engaged activist in her own right. Over the last year, she has led thousands of students into the streets to protest high tuition fees, spoke at the local Women’s March on Washington and organized a public vigil after the deadly Quebec City mosque shooting. Most recently Masuma has challenged Dalhousie University in their action to discipline her based on her stance on recognizing the whitewashing of Canada’s history, the ongoing colonialism within the Canadian state nation, and calling out whiteness that has perpetuated from such colonial structures. Propelling her into activism is the constant frustration that comes with being an Afghan woman, a Muslim woman, a racialized woman and a woman with an invisible disability."