Women’s Advocacy

AMPAC recognizes that Muslim women are disproportionately targeted by discrimination and anti-Muslim racism (largely due to visibility) and also face obstacles from all angles by virtue of the fact that they are women. We listen to the needs of women in our communities and respond by providing necessary grassroots programming or advocating for them with governments and institutions. We also deliver talks and seminars on Muslim womanhood to wider communities.

To connect with AMPAC about our women’s advocacy work, contact us today.

For upcoming events, check our calendar.

AMPAC Meet a Muslimah Playdate (June 2018)

The AMPAC External Affairs committee is hosting a family-friendly gathering for non-Muslims to come ask questions about Muslims and Islamophobia at Jackie Parker Park. The goal is share culture and enjoy new friendships while we share knowledge together.

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AMPAC Women & Islamophobia Panel (May 2018)

The AMPAC External Affairs committee hosted a Women and Islamophobia panel and it was a great time for discussion and discourse on issues affecting a diverse group of Muslim women. We spoke about the various intersections that compound with Islamophobia including gender, class, race, sect and visibility, and panelists offered their sage advice for Muslim women facing discrimination in the short and long term. In attendance were the Minister of Labour Christina Gray and School Board Trustee Michael Janz. Special thanks to our panelists: AMPAC director of External Affairs Mona M Ismaeil, Sogand Zakerhaghighi, Sofia Alani and Eman Idil Bare for sharing your expertise. The panel was moderated by VP External Affairs Nakita Valerio.



Women’s Safety Classes with Strong Orange Violence Prevention

Together with Strong Orange Violence Prevention, AMPAC has hosted multiple Women’s Safety classes – hands-on information sessions designed for Muslim women to learn about self-care, preservation and safety. Women learned how to survey their surroundings, properly memorize characteristics of individuals and defense techniques in the event they are victimized by verbal or physical assault.

Metro News: Edmonton Muslim Women Seeking Safety Course

CTV News: Islamophobia and Self-Defence

Community Meeting with Federal Minister of Democratic Institutions Maryam Monsef

AMPAC was proud to host a community meeting with the Federal Minister of Democratic Institutions Maryam Monsef. She engaged the audience on electoral reform and female civic engagement.

Being a Muslim Woman talk  (March 10, 2017)

AMPAC VP External Affairs Nakita Valerio’s spoke on “Being a Muslim Woman: Rights, Responsibilities and History in a Time of Islamophobia” for ICNA’s Muslim Youth Network, Edmonton. The talk took place at the PCAE and was attended by approximately 100 Muslim and non-Muslim women and girls.

International Women’s Day Panel: Being Bold for Change (March 2017)

AMPAC VP External Affairs Nakita Valerio had the pleasure of appearing on a women’s panel about Being Bold for Change with Dr. Bukola Salami, Janis Irwin and Mary Thomas.

The Green Room’s OUTSPOKEN: Feminism Panel (April 2017)

AMPAC Director of External Affairs Mona Ismaeil was delighted to share her story and to share the panel with such amazing and powerful Muslim women.

University of Alberta Sociology Lecture on Women & Islam

Director of External Affairs Mona Ismaeil delivered a lecture on Islam and Women to a University of Alberta sociology class and it was very well-received. The audience was engaged and attentive and everyone learned a lot.

Muslim Women’s Town Hall Meeting & Survey (August 2017)

AMPAC hosted a town hall meeting for Muslim women to gain a deeper understanding of the issues that our sisters face and which are seen as more of a urgent priority than others. This event was followed up with a community-wide survey for Muslim women. The results of both initiatives are being compiled into a policy recommendation report for government and Muslim community leadership.