Outburst Action: Take Back the Night Sign & Noise Maker Jam

On September 16th join Outburst! Action to create signs & noise makers in preparation for Take Back the Night on Sept 20th. This is a protest and evening event to address violence in the lives of women. This year’s theme 2014 “DECOLONIZING FEMINISM GLOBALLY: FROM TURTLE ISLAND TO PALESTINE. It includes a community fair, rally with community-based performers, speakers and a march. It also includes a community dinner, childcare and media presence. 

Facebook event : https://www.facebook.com/events/283319501873906/?ref=22

make me scream the right way

Outburst will be providing poster paper, art supplies & snacks to help you create your own message of healing, resistance & hope for transformative change. Join us! Email outburst@schliferclinic.com to register.

All available on request 

  • Space is wheel chair accessible & scent free
  • Childcare (48 hours),
  • TTC
  • language interpretation (including ASL with five day)

More about Take Back the Night https://www.facebook.com/events/1441032492839501/

RALLY 6:30PM-8:30PM
MARCH 8:30PM-9:30Pm

For more information contact
Grissel Orellana
416-597-1171 Ext.228

Hey FIBA LIFT the Ban on Hijab & other Religious Wear for Professional & Competitive Basketball Players

On Wednesday August 27th the International Basketball Federation will be meeting to decide if they are going to lift the ban religious wear Ariticle We urge our Outburst Fam to reach out to FIBA and let them know the impact of this ban. Below is a sample letter you can use as well as images that speak to our #right2wear.You can directly email here: info@fiba.com also tweet  @FIBA #right2wear #lifthijabban
President of FIBA – International Basketball FederationRoute Suisse 5 – P.O Box 29
1295 Mies – SwitzerlandDear Yvan MaininiI am writing to express my appreciation that FIBA considering lifting the ban Article 4.4.2 o on head coverings, i.e. the hijab for basketball players.  I believe it is offensive and discriminatory.There is nothing about the hijab, particularly in the sport-friendly version that is widely available now i.e. Resporton, that poses no more of an inherent threat to physical safety than other articles of clothing. Moreover, although this rule doesn’t explicitly single out Muslims, it affects Muslim women disproportionately.  For Muslim women who believe that the headscarf is a religious requirement, this rule asks them to choose between following their religion and playing basketball, which is not a choice that religious women of most other faiths have to make.  FIBA needs to consider the unequal implications of its rules, and to stop policing the clothing that some Muslim players are wearing.

For many girls and women, playing sports is a way of staying healthy, building self-esteem, and being part of a strong community.  The opportunity to participate in organised sports represents more than just an occasional meet-up to play ball; for many people, it is also plays a vital role in their health and sense of self and community.

This is also about more than isolated incidents affecting only a few players.  Many exceptional aspiring basketball stars such as Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir, who have dreamed of a flourishing future as a professional basketball player, will have their dreams cut short due to the FIBA ban.

There are many examples of sports events where participants wear hijab without incident.  FIBA, another international sports organization lifted their ban and now welcome players who wear the hijab.  The 2012 Olympics featured a number women who competed wearing the hijab including Wojdan Shaherkani, Noor Hussain Al-Malki, Tahmina Kohistani, Shinoona Salah al-Habsi, Fatima Sulaiman Dahman. Daily throughout the world girls and women are wearing hijab participating in a wide range of sports including basketball, fencing, Australian football, weightlifting, and boxing.

I am tired of everyone – sports institutions, governments, families, religious scholars, the justice system, our peers – being obsessed with what Muslim women wear.  Muslim women and girls have the right to choose how we outwardly express our faith and religion. Muslim women have the right to wear what we please. FIBA needs to get out of our wardrobes and let women play.

What Outburst! Means to Me


There is something powerful about the community that has been built by Outburst. I have been fortunate to be apart of this group the past year and honestly I wouldn’t have it any other way. Every single meeting/event I was surrounded by amazing women who inspired me and pushed me to be a better person. I was fortunate enough to be one of the curators for the first young muslimah art exhibit at Daniel Spectrum called (Mus)interpreted. I had never curated a galley prior to the exhibit but I was given the chance to learn and execute a great event that positively affected the community of Regent Park. The exhibit was open for a month showcasing the great talent within the muslimah community. For several artists this was their first time exhibiting their art. I wouldn’t have had that opportunity without the great people at Outburst.

Outburst is one of my favourite projects in the city it allows for women all over the GTA access free programming and leadership opportunities. The project has affected my life and continues to change the lives of all the women it touches.

We have less than 48 hours to make a positive impact in the community. DONATE to Outburst! Young Muslim Project. This will allow for the project to continue accessible programming for young women in the Greater Toronto Region.

Written by: Nasma Ahmed

Toronto Arts Program for Young Muslim Women Seeks Funds to Survive

The following blog article was published on August 4, 2014 on MuslimLink: Ottawa’s Community Newspaper. Article link: http://muslimlink.ca/news/national/toronto-arts-program-for-young-muslim-women-seeks-funds-to-survive

Written by Suzanne Kanso

Outburst, an innovative project which provides space for young Muslim women to explore issues of identity, faith, violence, Islamophobia, and empowerment through free arts programming is crowdfunding in order to continue nurturing marginalized voices.

Back in 2011, Outburst began as a program at Toronto’s Barbra Schlifer Clinic, which offers counselling for women who have experienced violence. For counsellor Farrah Khan, who spearheaded the initiative, art is therapy. “Art is a form of healing,” Ms. Khan says, so by reaching out to these young Muslim women, “we get to heal, connect and tell our stories.”

The program also aims to be inclusive of a diversity of young Muslim women’s voices and judgement is not made on how Muslim a young woman is. If a young woman self-identifies as Muslim either religiously, culturally, or politically, she’s welcome. The project also actively engages young women from across the ethno-cultural diversity of Toronto’s Muslim communities.

Outburst has run educational workshops for these youth to explore everything from poetry, photography, and alternative media. At the same time, participants gain knowledge about violence against women, its root causes, and how to speak out against them.

Outburst receives a grant from Youth Arts PitchThe project has also provided these young women opportunities to get involved with research on issues facing their communities. Project organizers believe that strengthening the voices of young Muslim Canadian women is critical for not only their personal success but also in order for the broader society to gain a better understanding of a group which is often misrepresented in the media. “Let’s face it, where do you come across research symposiums where young Muslim women are the experts on issues that affect their lives,” Shameela Zaman, Outburst’s project coordinator, asked.

Outburst strives to fight Islamophobia by engaging young Muslim women in public education initiatives for agencies offering services to survivors of violence, such as abused women’s shelters. Farrah sees addressing Islamophobia in social services as key to being able to support Muslim women facing patriarchal violence in their communities. “What’s been frustrating about Islamophobia is that you see it play out again and again in how [Muslim] women access services or don’t want to access services,” she stated. This includes services such as counselling for survivors of physical and/or sexual violence. According to Farrah, Muslim women sometimes avoid seeking much needed counselling because they assume, sometimes rightly, that counsellors will judge their culture or just not understand their reality. “They thought people just wouldn’t get,” Farrah stated.

One on-going challenge Farrah identifies among service providers is their perception of religion and personal freedom. Imagine if a counsellor told their Muslim client “it’s okay now that you left your family, you can take off your hijab,” Farrah stated. Outburst’s public education work has helped service providers understand the complexity of Muslim women’s choices in relation to faith, identity, and dress.

But Outburst also provides a safer space for young Muslim women to speak out about issues like violence and gender inequality within Muslim communities without feeling like they are airing the community’s dirty laundry. By demonstrating that there are various ways to be Muslim simply by bringing together a diversity of Muslim young women with artists who themselves represent the diversity of Muslim women’s self-expression, the project aims to “challenge the narrative” that involves policing Muslim women’s choices in terms of clothing, interests, and worldviews. Challenging the Islamophobic notion that Muslim women who choose to veil are oppressed but also confronting ideas within Muslim communities that Muslim women who choose not to veil are immodest is an example of how Outburst hopes to provide a safer space for young Muslim women to feel comfortable just being themselves.

What’s important for Farrah and participants in Outburst is “to create safer spaces for Muslim women to connect to a vision of a world that we want to create, [because] … in so many spaces we feel pushed, pulled, persecuted and punished for who we are or who we are assumed to be.”

To contribute to Outburst’s crowd-funding campaign visit their page on Indiegogo.

Click here to check out Outburst’s website