26th August, 2014

On Wednesday August 27th the International Basketball Federation will be meeting to decide if they are going to lift the ban religious wear Ariticle 4.4.2.0. We urge our Outburst Fam to reach out to FIBA and let them know the impact of this ban. Below is a sample letter you can use as well as images that speak to our #right2wear.
You can directly email here: info@fiba.com also tweet  @FIBA #right2wear #lifthijabban
President of FIBA
International Basketball FederationRoute
Suisse 5 – P.O Box 29
1295 Mies – Switzerland
Dear Yvan MaininiI am writing to express my appreciation that FIBA considering lifting the ban Article 4.4.2 o on head coverings, i.e. the hijab for basketball players.  I believe it is offensive and discriminatory.

There is nothing about the hijab, particularly in the sport-friendly version that is widely available now i.e.Resporton, that poses no more of an inherent threat to physical safety than other articles of clothing. Moreover, although this rule doesn’t explicitly single out Muslims, it affects Muslim women disproportionately.  For Muslim women who believe that the headscarf is a religious requirement, this rule asks them to choose between following their religion and playing basketball, which is not a choice that religious women of most other faiths have to make.  FIBA needs to consider the unequal implications of its rules, and to stop policing the clothing that some Muslim players are wearing.
For many girls and women, playing sports is a way of staying healthy, building self-esteem, and being part of a strong community.  The opportunity to participate in organised sports represents more than just an occasional meet-up to play ball; for many people, it is also plays a vital role in their health and sense of self and community.
This is also about more than isolated incidents affecting only a few players.  Many exceptional aspiring basketball stars such as Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir, who have dreamed of a flourishing future as a professional basketball player, will have their dreams cut short due to the FIBA ban.
There are many examples of sports events where participants wear hijab without incident.  FIBA, another international sports organization lifted their ban and now welcome players who wear the hijab.  The 2012 Olympics featured a number women who competed wearing the hijab including Wojdan Shaherkani, Noor Hussain Al-Malki, Tahmina Kohistani, Shinoona Salah al-Habsi, Fatima Sulaiman Dahman. Daily throughout the world girls and women are wearing hijab participating in a wide range of sports including basketball, fencing, Australian football, weightlifting, and boxing.
I am tired of everyone – sports institutions, governments, families, religious scholars, the justice system, our peers – being obsessed with what Muslim women wear.  Muslim women and girls have the right to choose how we outwardly express our faith and religion. Muslim women have the right to wear what we please. FIBA needs to get out of our wardrobes and let women play.
Sincerely

On Wednesday August 27th the International Basketball Federation will be meeting to decide if they are going to lift the ban religious wear Ariticle 4.4.2.0. We urge our Outburst Fam to reach out to FIBA and let them know the impact of this ban. Below is a sample letter you can use as well as images that speak to our #right2wear.

You can directly email here: info@fiba.com also tweet  @FIBA #right2wear #lifthijabban

President of FIBA

International Basketball FederationRoute

Suisse 5 – P.O Box 29

1295 Mies – Switzerland

Dear Yvan MaininiI am writing to express my appreciation that FIBA considering lifting the ban Article 4.4.2 o on head coverings, i.e. the hijab for basketball players.  I believe it is offensive and discriminatory.

There is nothing about the hijab, particularly in the sport-friendly version that is widely available now i.e.Resporton, that poses no more of an inherent threat to physical safety than other articles of clothing. Moreover, although this rule doesn’t explicitly single out Muslims, it affects Muslim women disproportionately.  For Muslim women who believe that the headscarf is a religious requirement, this rule asks them to choose between following their religion and playing basketball, which is not a choice that religious women of most other faiths have to make.  FIBA needs to consider the unequal implications of its rules, and to stop policing the clothing that some Muslim players are wearing.

For many girls and women, playing sports is a way of staying healthy, building self-esteem, and being part of a strong community.  The opportunity to participate in organised sports represents more than just an occasional meet-up to play ball; for many people, it is also plays a vital role in their health and sense of self and community.

This is also about more than isolated incidents affecting only a few players.  Many exceptional aspiring basketball stars such as Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir, who have dreamed of a flourishing future as a professional basketball player, will have their dreams cut short due to the FIBA ban.

There are many examples of sports events where participants wear hijab without incident.  FIBA, another international sports organization lifted their ban and now welcome players who wear the hijab.  The 2012 Olympics featured a number women who competed wearing the hijab including Wojdan Shaherkani, Noor Hussain Al-Malki, Tahmina Kohistani, Shinoona Salah al-Habsi, Fatima Sulaiman Dahman. Daily throughout the world girls and women are wearing hijab participating in a wide range of sports including basketball, fencing, Australian football, weightlifting, and boxing.

I am tired of everyone – sports institutions, governments, families, religious scholars, the justice system, our peers – being obsessed with what Muslim women wear.  Muslim women and girls have the right to choose how we outwardly express our faith and religion. Muslim women have the right to wear what we please. FIBA needs to get out of our wardrobes and let women play.

Sincerely

26th August, 2014

#Right2Wear & #Right2Play - Urge FIBA to Lift its Ban on Religious Wear

On August 27th (tomorrow!) FIBA, the International Basketball Federation will be deciding if they will lift the ban on religious wear for players including women that wear the hijab. We urge you to write to FIBA or tweet at them (@FIBA) what you think they should do. We believe that everyone has a right to play. This ban must be lifted. For a sample letter go HERE 

1st August, 2014

Outburst! Online Campaign Update & Challenge!

We are in the thick of our online campaign to raise $15,000 so we can continue to offer our one-of-a-kind FREE arts programming for young Muslim women. Only 2 weeks remain until the campaign ends and we are reaching out to your, our supporters and friends, to make it happen for us!

 You Can Support Us in 2 ways:

  1. $5 for 5 - We are asking you to donate $5 and request 4 of your friends and/or family to also donate $5. With $25, you help us to provide childcare for one arts based workshop! How great is that?
  2. See Warsan Shire! - We are hosting the amazing poet laureate Warsan Shire once again on October 14th and have limited tickets available for the public. Make a donation of $25 or more and you will receive an exclusive ticket to this event! Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity! 

To donate to our Online Campaign, click HERE 

If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to email us at outburst@schliferclinic.com. Thank you for your continuous support of Outburst! 

Sincerely, 

The Outburst! Team 

29th July, 2014

Why Can’t We All Outburst?

Guest post by Shireen Ahmed - http://footybedsheets.tumblr.com/

The word Outburst is a noun and has the following definitions:

i) a sudden release of strong emotion ; ii) a sudden outbreak of a particular activity ; iii) a volcanic eruption

For me, it signifies something much more personal, important and a project that I consider a blessing to be associated with and a necessity.

My own definition is as follows:

Outburst: A movement by a group of amazing women, who identify as Muslim, coordinated by a team of 8 Muslim women, out of the Barbara Schlifer Commemorative Clinic. Outburst! fosters love and friendship, encouragement and sisterhood and provides a safe space for women to seek counseling and innumerable supports. Outburst provides opportunities for women to showcase their visual art, poetry, dance, voices and express themselves artistically with solidarity and guidance.

I am so incredibly proud to be a member of the Outburst Advisory Team. I am continuously inspired, awed by all the women involved at Outburst. I have rarely seen or been in spaces for Muslim women that are as accepting and accommodating.

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As our wonderful circle grows and grows, it is important to understand that Outburst projects and programs are all free and in accessible spaces. They provide art based groups, workshops and training, crisis and individual counselling and best practice and research projects.

They employ young Muslim women whenever possible and use the expertise in the form of mentors and advisors from the community.

Outburst works hard to maintain community relationships with other organizations and is very well respected.  They exchange ideas and work with other agencies to combat Violence Against Women, run seminars on Forced Marriage and provide much-needed expertise on issues relating to Young Muslim women in Canada.

I have had the privilege of participating in a few of their projects, travelling to a conference where they presented and am constantly learning and more impressed after each encounter.

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Their pioneering work is phenomenal.

Outburst! Young Muslim Women’s Project is a movement by virtue of its mandate and its very existence empowers..

And for Outburst! to continue, they need your support.

Please continue to donating to, participating and supporting Outburst.

Let’s keep Toronto as one of the most vibrant, inclusive and phenomenal communities of Muslim women in Canada.

We all need Outburst.

#SupportOutburst

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Shireen Ahmed is a writer and advocate focusing on Muslim women in Sports. She is an athlete, community organizer, and works with Youth of Colour on empowerment projects and is an avid sports coach and mentor. She lives in the Greater Toronto Area.

22nd July, 2014

Outburst! Crush: Shireen Ahmed, Writer, Blogger & Storyteller

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We <3 our sheroes! You can #supportOutburst at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/outburst-young-muslim-women-s-project-ramadan-campaign

About Shireen

Shireen Ahmed is a writer and advocate focusing on Muslim women in Sports. She is an athlete, community organizer, and works with Youth of Colour on empowerment projects and is an avid sports coach and mentor. She lives in the Greater Toronto Area.

Twitter: @_shireenahmed_

Tumblr: footybedsheets.tumblr.com 

17th July, 2014

Outburst! Crush: Hawa Abdullah, Poet & Performer

We <3 our fam! You can #supportOutburst at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/outburst-young-muslim-women-s-project-ramadan-campaign

About Hawa 

A performer at this year’s “Volume: Sisters Make Noise”, Hawa Abdullah has sustained a passion for poetry from a young age. She is a Tanzanian Canadian, with a background in philosophy and anthropology. Hawa believes in the transformative power of art and in the potential for poetry to connect to the hearts and minds of others. She currently shares her words with community through writing and performance. Hawa is also one of the poets featured in our second poetry book: Homebound II/Storytellers I: Muslim Women’s Poetry Collection; and she exhibited at (mus)interpreted Muslim women art gallery show at the Daniels Spectrum!