The Impossible Citizen: A Conversation on Race, Gender and Democracy – Nov 18

In 2014, Zunera Ishaq launched a court challenge against the federal ban on face veils at citizenship ceremonies. She would go on to win at the Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal, with the federal government vowing to appeal and stay the decisions every step of the way. What does Canada v Ishaq show us about racialised women’s access to justice, democracy, and services? Why have Muslim women become the sites of legal and political battles? How does the heightened scrutiny of Ishaq’s clothing reflect other women’s struggles for meaningful participation in and critique of the law and democracy?

When: Wed, Nov 18, 2015 | 5-76PM (EST)
Where: Nexus Lounge, 12th floor, 252 Bloor Street West (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education), Toronto (map)

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Video: You can now watch the video of our #ImpossibleCitizen panel online here.

Event Update: Due to very popular demand, we are pleased to announce that we have booked an overflow room adjacent to OISE’s Nexus Lounge for Nov 18. We have also secured a livestream (generously sponsored by Lerners LLP), which will be available 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM (EST). The livestream will be able to hold a max of 50 people, so please do sign on early as “Guest.” We will also post videos after the event. If we’ll be seeing you in person on Nov 18, we also encourage you to arrive early!

In 2014, Zunera Ishaq launched a court challenge against the federal ban on face veils at citizenship ceremonies. She would go on to win at the Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal, with the federal government vowing to appeal and stay the decisions every step of the way. What does Canada v Ishaq show us about racialised women’s access to justice, democracy, and services? Why have Muslim women become the sites of legal and political battles? How does the heightened scrutiny of Ishaq’s clothing reflect other women’s struggles for meaningful participation in and critique of the law and democracy?

Join the Canadian Association of Muslim Women in Law (CAMWL), Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF), and the Department of Social Justice Education, OISE, for a discussion of these and other questions related to violence, religion, equality, and democracy, featuring:

Moderator:

Jasmine T. Akbarali is a partner with Lerners LLP, where she practices in the Appellate Advocacy Group. She specializes in appeals and litigation opinions in a wide range of areas, including public law and constitutional challenges. Recently, Jasmine was counsel to LEAF in the Ishaq case.

Panelists:

Fathima Cader serves on the steering committee of CAMWL. Currently a staff lawyer at the HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario, she has previously taught at the University of Windsor Faculty of Law. She recently served on the case committee for LEAF’s proposed intervention in Ishaq v Canada.

Tendisai Cromwell is a Toronto-based filmmaker and the founder of New Narrative Films. She has directed and produced documentaries that explore diaspora communities, identity, and faith. With a background in digital journalism, she has produced radio segments for CBC’s The Current. She is also a published creative writer and poet.

Amina Jamal is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Ryerson University. Dr. Jamal studies women, gender, Islam and modernities in South Asia and Canada from a poststructuralist and transnational Muslim feminist location. She has published on the politics of Muslim women’s representation, gendered Islamism and the ongoing discursive struggle of feminism and Islamism in Pakistan.

Sherene Razack is a full professor in the Department of Social Justice Education, at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. She is the author and editor of several books related to race and gender issues in the law. Her most recent book investigates the deaths of Indigenous people held in police custody in Canada.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Disclaimer: Photographs taken at this public event will be used in LEAF print and online publications.

Registration is free, but space is limited. Don’t forget to register.

You can download the poster here.The Impossible Citizen: A Conversation on Race, Gender and Democracy – Nov 18