Women around the world are holding several events to mark the occasion of “Women’s Day”, an international event designed for defending rights and denouncing violence against women.
In Montreal, a Muslim women group has urged people to denounce violence and support Muslim women’s right to don the hijab on the International Women’s Day marked annually on March 8.
“Quebec`s Bill 21 hurt the Muslim community, especially the
young female members who graduate from the Education and the Law Faculties, in
denying them access to the workforce.”
In July 2019, Quebec’s Bill 21 banning public-school teachers, government
lawyers, judges, and police officers from wearing hijab and religious symbols, was
passed at Quebec’s National Assembly.
The new bill was already affecting the Muslim community
negatively after a Montreal Muslim women’s organization report in May said
there had been a sharp increase in Islamophobic incidents after the bill was tabled.
The CCMW Montreal also appealed to all men and young boys
out there to “educate your fellow menfolk and warn against the use of violence
as a means of getting rid of conflict.”
Day for Women
International Women’s Day (IWD) is a global day celebrating
the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day
also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.
The IWD has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people.
Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not a country, group or organization specific.
This year’s event is held under the theme #EachforEqual.
The story of the Canadian Council of Muslim Women (CCMW)
begins in 1982 when a group of dynamic and devoted Muslim women from across the
country congregated in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Led by the late founder of CCMW, Dr. Lila Fahlman, these women sought to mobilize their passion for social justice and faith in order to enrich their communities and work towards the common good of Canadian society.
For the past 30 years, its proud and accomplished roster of members have achieved and continue to achieve great milestones for Muslim women and Canada’s multicultural landscape.