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A voice for representation and accountability.

Amira Elghawaby is a journalist, communications expert, and human rights advocate. Along with appearances on Canadian and international news networks, Amira has written and produced stories and commentary for CBC Radio, the Ottawa Citizen, the Toronto Star, Maclean’s, the Walrus, the Literary Review of Canada, and the Globe and Mail. 

Amira currently works in Canada’s labour movement in digital communications, helping to champion progressive issues and causes online. Before that, she spent five years promoting the civil liberties of Canadian Muslims as human rights officer and later, as director of communications, at the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) between 2012 to the fall of 2017.

She is currently involved with several initiatives to promote civic engagement and social cohesion, including as a founding board member of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network, as a board member of the Silk Road Institute, and as an advisor to the Muslim Youth Fellowship in Toronto. 

Amira obtained an honours degree in Journalism and Law from Carleton University in 2001. 

 

Quotables.


Human rights

“When it comes to disseminating good ideas, Canada could and should be more vocal, especially with regards to the protection and promotion of minority rights.” - Toronto Star


public safety and inclusion

“We hit a climax point where I think fellow Canadians have finally understood. [Islamophobia has] been affecting Muslims for years, No one expected it to get to this point with the tragic killing, and hopefully it'll never happen again, but now it’s very much on people’s radar that this is an issue.” - CBC In-depth


media representation

“As Canadians confront painful truths about this country—its treatment of First Nations, ongoing racial profiling, sexism in our institutions, and countless other social justice travesties—we turn to the media to understand the various sides of an issue and to find solutions to our myriad social inequities and challenges.” - THIS Magazine


online hate

“. . . while the Heritage committee heard from a range of experts lamenting the dismal policing of online hate in Canada, it failed to offer any meaningful solutions. That’s problematic considering the clear connection between those who commit violence against minority communities and their consumption of far-right, anti-immigrant, and violent extremist content online.” - The Ottawa Citizen


community engagement

“A recent academic study titled Belonging: Feelings Of Attachment And Acceptance Among Immigrants In Canada demonstrates that when first and second generation immigrants feel accepted by society, they are that much more likely to become civically engaged. Instead of encouraging that, why give more weight to closed-minded people who seem to want to bully others into invisibility?” - The Globe and Mail


Education & outreach

The media workshops are to "identify when we are being sold a particular narrative about any community at all that may not truly reflect the diversity of that community and all that it is doing in our society." - CBC News

 

 
 
We all have a responsibility to imagine the pain and suffering of others. A more empathic and engaged society depends on it.
— Amira Elghawaby
 
 

 
 

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