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We Stand Against Acts of Racism and Misogyny in Edmonton

MEDIA RELEASE

December 17, 2020

We Stand Against Acts of Racism and Misogyny in Edmonton

A third Black Muslim woman has been attacked in Edmonton.

This time it was a 23-year-old at an LRT station[1] in broad daylight.

Earlier, two Somali women, wearing hijabs, suffered a terrifying attack outside a busy shopping centre after being pulled from their vehicle.

The Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters has a responsibility to help shine a spotlight on evidence in our province that the intersections of misogyny and racism continue to fester.

While all three women are safe, they are understandably shaken.   One of these women, Naima Haile, is quoted in the Edmonton Journal, “I feel unsafe. I’ve never felt unsafe in Canada before,” said Haile. “Is it my skin colour? Is it my scarf? I don’t know which one I need to shed.”[2]

In addition to supporting the well-being of the Somali and African Community in Edmonton, an equal part of the mission of the Somali Canadian Cultural Society of Edmonton includes fostering a vibrant city.

Muslim peoples have a history of being strong community builders in Edmonton.  ACWS Executive Director and former Mayor of Edmonton, Jan Reimer, reflects, “The Al-Rashid Mosque was built in Edmonton in 1938, one of Canada’s first mosques. They built this despite the racism they faced.”

Our vibrant cities include safety for all Albertans.

The Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters are enraged that women from this peaceable community are being targeted.  As such, ACWS stands with the Somali Canadian Cultural Society, the National Council of Canadian Muslims, the Alberta Muslim Public Affairs Council, and the Islamic Family & Social Services Association.  We encourage others to use their voice to call out this injustice and demonstrate visible support to members of this community and those who support them.

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Media Contact:
Christie Lavan
(780)637-2073  Christie.Lavan@acws.ca

[1] https://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/third-black-muslim-woman-attacked-in-south-edmonton-within-a-week-outside-southgate-lrt

[2] https://edmontonjournal.com/news/crime/beyond-a-hate-crime-edmontons-somali-community-reacts-to-alleged-hate-attack-at-southgate-mall