September 19th 6 – 8:00 pm, 87 Elm Street
Space is wheelchair accessible and child-friendly
Showcasing poetry, spoken word, dance by Muslim women including:
Hosts: Shireen Ahmed & Rania El Mugammar Eternia (two time Juno nominated MC!!) Faduma Gere
Fowzia Duale Virtue Hawa Abdullah
Eternia (two time Juno nominated MC) Miriam Farooqi
Nari Raazia Rafeek & Sidrah Khatoon Rua El-kasheef
AND a SPECIAL presentation by award winning journalist Michele Landsberg of the Canadian Women’s Foundation award to Outburst Peer Coordinators for their community work.
With thanks to our generous funders: ArtReach Toronto, Canadian Women’s Foundation, Laidlaw Foundation, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ontario Women’s Directorate.
Outburst! Young Muslim Women Project is a movement of young Muslim women in Toronto who are breaking silence and speaking out about violence. As young Muslim women we want to determine the ways in which we define and access safety. Outburst!, a program of the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic, is an opportunity for us to build community through art, education and research.
SpeakSudan is a collective of young East African individuals in Southwestern Ontario who operate primarily in the GTA. Our objective is to promote the creative expression of East African youth in the diaspora. Our efforts are arts based and focus on capacity building and skill sharing. We work from anti oppressive, gender aware, accessibly, anti-colonial, queer positive framework. We seek to explore and dissect the many facets which make up our identities and to confront the challenges we face in relation to displacement and migration; gender and family; religion and culture, status and sexuality; war and violence; as well as race and ethnicity. We create safe spaces to promote personal and community growth. This space is both physical and emotional to explore the connections with the places and cultures we identify with. This space is a counter narrative to discourse surrounding East Africa generated by those outside our community. We hope to allow space for multiple voices and dissenting opinions.
The Truth & Dare Project is a series of photography-based, skill-building workshops for young Muslim women in Toronto. The youth participants will have an opportunity to showcase their work as well as participate in the development of a photography publication. This project aims to strengthen one’s sense of identity through creative exploration and create a sense of belonging among excluded youth.