Canada premier Muslim women’s festival aim to build bridges between communities

Canada premier Muslim women’s festival aim to build bridges between communities

Canada’s premier Muslim women’s festival is set to take place Sunday, in the South Western Ontario city of Kitchener, amid hopes of extending new bridges with the larger community.

Canada’s premier Muslim women’s festival is set to take place Sunday, in the South Western Ontario city of Kitchener, amid hopes of extending new bridges with the larger community.

“Since its inception in 2010, the Coalition of Muslim Women of Kitchener-Waterloo has presented an annual summer event to build bridges of understanding, friendship and mutual respect with the larger community, and to transcend commonly held stereotypes about Muslim women,” Fran Pappert-Shannon, Director of Public Relations of the Coalition of Muslim Women of KW, said.

“Our annual event are totally planned and presented by Muslim women and our research tells us that it is the only annual Muslim women’s festival in North America and Europe.”

“This year’s event is very special, as it commemorates our fifth anniversary as an organization,” said Fran.

“The festival will not only allow the public to get to know Muslim women through art, entertainment and dialogue, but it will also offer an opportunity for the over 100 Coalition volunteers to experience the joys of team building and volunteerism, while utilizing new skills.”

Amira Elghawaby, Human Rights Coordinator of the National Council of Canadian Muslims, will deliver the keynote address on the topic “State and Muslim Women”.

Opportunities for one-to-one dialogue with Muslim women will be available at the innovative “Culture Cafe'”, where community members will be invited to enjoy tea and talk with local Muslim women who will discuss their experiences of growing up in their countries of origin.

“We remain committed to providing an event that showcases superb Muslim female art, entertainment, talent and skills, while also providing a forum for the expression of the true state of Muslim women living in Kitchener-Waterloo,” said Pappert-Shannon.



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