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Mosaic Institute — “The Niqab in Canada: What Now?” Panel Discussion

November 27, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Raja Khouri Conversations and The Mosaic Institute present “The Niqab in Canada: Now What?” on Monday November 27th at 6:30PM.  This event is co-presented by the National Council of Canadian Muslims, the Council of Canadian Muslim Women, the Canadian Muslim Vote, the Arab Community Centre of Toronto, and the Canadian Association of Muslim Women in Law. Tickets for the panel discussion and public conversation are available online.


The discussion will be moderated by Raja Khouri and will feature the following speakers:

Aima Warriach, student, graphic designer, writer

Faisal Bhabha, Associate Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School

Dr. Pamela Divinsky, Executive Director, Mosaic Institute

Huda Bukhari, Executive Director, Arab Community Centre of Toronto

Alia Hogben, Executive Director, Canadian Council of Muslim Women


From the event page:

“It has been called oppressive, ultra-religious, a barrier, even a threat to public safety. Niqab-wearing women in public get stared at, harassed and, at times, physically assaulted by total strangers.

In the meantime, many Muslims vehemently oppose the niqab and claim it is not a religious requirement, rather a cultural, patriarchal vestige from times gone by.

Some politicians found in it the mother of all wedge issues.

No one is indifferent about the niqab.

Regardless, niqab-wearing women are in Canada – and they have rights. What does the future hold for them? Will they integrate? Will they be accepted?”



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