Join us on Twitter on Wed June 18 at 3 P.M. EST to talk about #MosqueDiversity!

Join us on Twitter @OutburstM on Wednesday June 18 at 3 P.M. EST for an important conversation on the #MosqueDiversity!

#MosqueDiversity is an opportunity to document YMW’s experiences of mosques with a specific focus on racial and ethnic diversity and inclusion. This conversation is not about calling out mosques and individuals associated with mosques but about calling in our community to come up with concrete strategies for making the masjid/mosque a more inclusive space. We want mosques to be spaces for healing and safety for racially and ethnically diverse groups of Muslim women who attend or who wish to attend the masjid/mosque.The masjid/mosque can be an important space of healing and community for young Muslim women. Unfortunately, gender is not the only barrier that young Muslim women face in masjid’s/mosque’s but also racial and ethnic exclusion. There is a need to focus on the forms of racial and ethnic exclusions that young Muslim women may experience when accessing mosques among diverse Muslim communities in the GTA. Masjid’s/mosque’s should be an inclusive space for healing and safety for racially and ethnically diverse groups of Muslim women who attend or who wish to attend the masjid/mosque.
The masjid/mosque can be an important space of healing and community for young Muslim women. Unfortunately, gender is not the only barrier that young Muslim women face in masjid’s/mosque’s but also racial and ethnic exclusion. There is a need to focus on the forms of racial and ethnic exclusions that young Muslim women may experience when accessing mosques among diverse Muslim communities in the GTA. Masjid’s/mosque’s should be an inclusive space for healing and safety for racially and ethnically diverse groups of Muslim women who attend or who wish to attend the masjid/mosque.
Photo: Join Outburst on Twitter on Wednesday June 18 at 3 P.M. EST for an important conversation on the #MosqueDiversity!</p><br /><br />
<p>#MosqueDiversity is an opportunity to document YMW’s experiences of mosques with a specific focus on racial and ethnic diversity and inclusion. This conversation is not about naming mosques and individuals associated with mosques but about coming up with concrete strategies for making the masjid/mosque a more inclusive space for healing and safety for racially and ethnically diverse groups of Muslim women who attend or who wish to attend the masjid/mosque.</p><br /><br />
<p>The masjid/mosque can be an important space of healing and community for young Muslim women. Unfortunately, gender is not the only barrier that young Muslim women face in masjid’s/mosque’s but also racial and ethnic exclusion.  There is a need to focus on the forms of racial and ethnic exclusions that young Muslim women may experience when accessing mosques among diverse Muslim communities in the GTA. Masjid’s/mosque’s should be an inclusive space for healing and safety for racially and ethnically diverse groups of Muslim women who attend or who wish to attend the masjid/mosque.

 

Hijabis in Quebec Ball So Hard, International Women’s Day Solidarity

HIJABISQC Outburst 2014 International Women’s Day Poster by the brilliant Autumn Crossman. Join us in sending solidarity & love to our sisters in Quebec. #IWD2014

We stand in solidarity with our Quebec Muslims sisters and other religious minorities who are experiencing daily micro aggressions, violence and isolation as a result of the proposed Quebec Charter of Values (Bill 60). We ask you to join us in supporting of our sisters in Quebec this International Women`s Day (IWD) events by marching with us in Torontohttps://www.facebook.com/events/731075343592233/ or making your own solidarity contingent in IWD activities nationwide. Please document your activities & post on social media with the hashtag #right2wearIWD

Outburst! believes that barring a woman from accessing social services, employment, health and education, as well as creating a climate of shame and fear around her is not an effective way to help her. Muslim women are increasingly targets for verbal and physical violence since the proposal for Bill 60 was introduced. In a recent online survey of 388 Muslim women living in Quebec, 88% said they no longer feel safe leaving their homes . Even though the Charter has been tabled we worry that visible Muslim women will continue to be targeted.

What was the Charter of Values?

The Charter of Values (Bill 60), also known as the “Charter affirming the values of State secularism and religious neutrality and of equality between women and men, and providing a framework for accommodation requests”, was tabled in November 2013 by the governing Parti Québécois. Its stated goals are:
(1) setting clear rules for everyone on religious accommodation; and
(2) affirming ‘Quebec values’ including equality between women and men, religious neutrality of
Quebec’s public institutions, and recognition of a common historic heritage; and
(3) Establishing the religious neutrality of the state to promote pluralism by ensuring fair and equal treatment of all beliefs.

The bill includes a ban on the wearing of ‘conspicuous’ religious symbols for all state personnel except elected officials. This includes kippahs, turbans, hijabs, niqabs and large crucifixes. The bill makes it mandatory for persons to have their faces uncovered when receiving a state service.

The proposed Charter of Values (Bill 60):

  • “Exacerbate inequality between women and men and worsen the situation of women who are targeted by the law
  • Affirms that the type of secularism it defends will create equality between men and women;
  • Wrongly equates the veil with the oppression of women;
  • Dictates (beyond what is already stipulated in the law) what people, in particular women, may or may not wear;
  • Will have a devastating impact on marginalized women” Simone de Beauvoir Institute

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