Concerned about the potential negative impact of the proposed Bill 94 in Quebec, over 50 Muslim women from KW came together to organize a community forum titled “Let Us Talk” at Kitchener City Hall on April 26, 2010. Attended by over 150 community members and the local media, the forum was a proactive opportunity for Muslim women to add their voices to the public discourse about them, while diminishing many misconceptions. Following the success of this event, the group decided to continue their association and form an organization, “The Coalition of Muslim Women of KW” with the aim to build bridges of understanding with the larger community and to strengthen the voices of Muslim women in this area. Now, CMW is a federally incorporated not-for-profit organization with over 40 members and over 100 volunteers, offering high quality events and programs working in partnership with numerous not for profit organizations in KW. CMW is constantly approached by Muslim women as well as other groups and organization asking to provide more services and / or collaborate on community projects. With a large body of diverse and dedicated members and volunteers, CMW is the only organization managed solely by Muslim women in Kitchener-Waterloo. CMW’s membership and volunteer opportunities are open to all women who are in agreement with organization’s vision, mission, values and code of conduct regardless of their religious or non-religious affiliation.
- To enhance communication and foster understanding between Muslim women and the larger community
- To provide opportunities for personal and professional growth, and leadership development for Muslim women
- To engage and support Muslim women to actively participate as leaders in the Muslim and larger community
Fauzia Mazhar, Executive Director
Uzma Bhutto, Operations Coordinator