Monday, January 30, 2017

Campaigning against discrimination - THE WHIG

by Alia Hogben, 
Originally published: January 27, 2017

Recently, our organization, the Canadian Council of Muslim Women, was honoured that our government invited us to be on a panel at the UN Forum on Anti-Muslim Discrimination on Jan. 17.

As the forum was organized by Canada, the U.S., the European Union and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, there were representatives from many countries. It was impressive to be at the UN and I do hope that our contribution was worthwhile!

The UN and its member states are understandably concerned about the increase in racism and discrimination against groups of people. Just before this forum there was another one on anti-Semitism.

We hope the forum leads to next steps of implementation by the UN and countries.

Although anti-Muslim discrimination has worsened in Europe and the States, sadly, far too many Canadians express the same sentiments. The Canadian 2016 Environics Institute’s poll found the negativity is affecting Muslim youth disproportionately. At the same time, Canadian Muslims report being very proud of the democratic values of their country.