Together Against Islamophobia
A core program of CMW, “Together Against Islamophobia” encompasses all of the programs, trainings, services, community outreach and partnerships, and bridge building activities that CMW is able to offer with its limited resources to address the challenge of growing Islamophobia and resulting hate crime and hate incidents that members of the Muslim community, particularly Muslim women are facing in Waterloo Region.
Quebec Mosque Shooting
January 29th 2017 was a horrific day for Canada when an Islamophobe entered the Quebec City’s mosque and gunned down six innocent human beings who were in a sanctuary, in an act of prayer. This violence deeply impacted the Muslim community here in Waterloo Region. CMW held a number of circles of healings for women and youth. In addition, we held a town hall to bring community members and our political leaders together for a community conversation on Islamophobia.
The Coalition of Muslim Women of KW’s Salaams KW, Salaams Canada campaign (Feb 14 to Feb 28) was a heartfelt idea of sharing kind sentiments and sweet treats in our community with the hope that by sharing a simple smile, salaam (Arabic word for “peace” and the common everyday greetings Muslims use), and sweet treat, we will be able to continue our efforts as a community to fight Islamophobia and build bridges of communication. The idea was inspired by a group of women in Dartmouth Nova Scotia.
See our full report on Waterloo Region’s response to the shooting here.