About this Event
Muslim women continue to challenge stereotypes and lead their communities in times of crisis, as demonstrated by the rise of community support and advocacy efforts among Muslim communities throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Concurrently, anti-Black, Islamophobic, and misogynist attitudes and actions compromise their access to safe and supportive environments, both in public and private spaces.
Join us to celebrate two Muslim young women whose leadership and community-building are advancing necessary conversations within their communities and the broader society.
Khalidha Nasiri is the Executive Director of AYEDI where she is responsible for overseeing the overall operations, management, and success of the group. She has an extensive background working in government, research, and her community of Scarborough. This includes leading a local leadership program for underprivileged youth, working for a federal Finance Minister, serving on grassroots organizations such as Scarborough Transit Action and The Canadian-Muslim Vote, and representing her riding of Scarborough-Guildwood with Equal Voice’s historic 2017 Daughters of the Vote initiative. Khalidha started AYEDI because she strongly believes in the potential for young Afghan-Canadians to become leaders and advocates in their communities.
Khalidha is a medical student at the University of Western Ontario and has a Master’s in Epidemiology from McGill University. Her hobbies including reading non-fiction, Taekwon-do, drinking double-doubles, and traveling.
Asmaa Ali is a community leader, freelance photographer, and Registered Nurse working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic in Edmonton Alberta. She is an advocate tackling issues such as health equity, gender equality, and systemic racism on a local and national level. Asmaa is the creator of a nationally recognized art piece “Flip The Script” challenging the narrative of Islamophobia, this portrait series was featured in Canada’s largest International Muslim film festival “Mosquers”. From this Asmaa has gone on to work with the Canadian Council for Youth Prosperity, creating policy to shape youth workforce development in light of COVID-19. She creates an array of health resources for marginalized communities including sexual assault resources and post-surgical care. Most recently, she was a recipient of Alberta’s Top 30 under 30 award but the Alberta Council for Global co-operation in recognition of her efforts towards a just, fair, and sustainable world for all.
This event is a partnership between Leading In Colour and Platform.
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