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!

15th July, 2014

Volume: Sisters Make Noise – An Evening of Reflection and Celebration.

On the evening of May 22nd, Outburst! alongside our project partners SpeakSudan, Renaissance Project and Gashanti Unity, hosted Volume: Sisters Make Noise. This evening was a celebration of young Muslim women artists, poets, singers and spoken word & hip hop artists. It was also the launch of our second poetry book:Homebound II/Storytellers I: Young Muslim Women’s Poetry Collection. This book features the voices and words of young women who participated in our two poetry workshop series this past year: Homebound and Storytellers. Never have we witnessed such a dynamic and vibrant mixture of young women in our community taking up space and making some serious NOISE!

Sharing the stage with so many powerful, vulnerable, and loving womyn. MASHALLAH! All the love and support from my friends and the guests that journeyed with us – Volume Performer

Events like Volume are a reminder to us at Outburst! the importance of having these spaces available to our community; so young Muslim women can come together and create, celebrate and join in sisterhood. Witnessing this event reaffirmed for us that we need to provide these platforms for creative expression to occur. This is why the Outburst! Young Muslim Women’s Project Ramadan Campaign is so necessary. Funds raised will allow for us to continue to offer opportunities like Volume next year. It will allow for us to continue to hold FREE poetry, spoken word, mixed media, photography workshops for young Muslim women; arts retreats with celebrated & award-winning poet Warsan Shire and a research symposium for young Muslim women talking about the issues that affect us. In return for your generous donation, we are offering some incredible perks!

Donate to our Indiegogo campaign HERE.

*Outburst! would also like to thank the wonderful caterers at CaterToronto for their delicious it-tastes-like-home food; for the generous support of Artscape for their contributions to our use of their facilities and finally Elevated Moments for taking these awesome pictures: 

4th July, 2014

Sisters Iftar with Outburst!

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/689671234420626/

Come meet other funny, smart, and radical (in the best way!) Muslim sisters and eat FREE yummy food

Join us as we break fast together, play some board games and create art. It will be a fun and chill space for us to meet one another. 

We will be hosting 3 iftars this year on the following dates:

  1. Wednesday July 9, 2014
  2. Wednesday July 16, 2014 - Potluck - sign up dish here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1iEG7Iwi11hb1rr0chzRvJE9iQb82e1-GoHjqOvaqIgg/edit?pli=1
  3. Wednesday July 23, 2014


This event is open to anyone who self-identifies as girl or woman that is Muslim through the spectrum of familial, spiritual, political, cultural, community and ancestral connections. 

RSVP Shameela Zaman 416-323-9149 ext 268 or outburst@schliferclinic.com and let us know if you are able to make it down

Space is wheelchair accessible
Language interpreters available as well as child care (must be booked 48 hours in advance)

About Us:

Outburst! is a movement of young Muslim women and allies addressing safety in our lives. We are based in Toronto with the support of the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic. We host community based arts programs including poetry, photography, theatre, journalism throughout the year. 

Website www.outburstmovement.com
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/outburstmovement 
Twitter @OutburstM

Outburst! Young Muslim Women’s Project is funded by Laidlaw Foundation, Trillium Foundation, Ontario Women’s Directorate, Canadian Women’s Foundation and ArtReach Toronto

 

16th June, 2014

Join @OutburstM on Twitter Wed June 18 at 3pm EST to talk #MosqueDiversity!

#MosqueDiversity is an opportunity to document YMW’s experiences of mosques with a specific focus on racial and ethnic diversity and inclusion. This conversation is not about calling out mosques and individuals associated with mosques but about calling in our community to come up with concrete strategies for making the masjid/mosque a more inclusive space. We want mosques to be spaces for healing and safety for racially and ethnically diverse groups of Muslim women who attend or who wish to attend the masjid/mosque.The masjid/mosque can be an important space of healing and community for young Muslim women. Unfortunately, gender is not the only barrier that young Muslim women face in masjid’s/mosque’s but also racial and ethnic exclusion. There is a need to focus on the forms of racial and ethnic exclusions that young Muslim women may experience when accessing mosques among diverse Muslim communities in the GTA. Masjid’s/mosque’s should be an inclusive space for healing and safety for racially and ethnically diverse groups of Muslim women who attend or who wish to attend the masjid/mosque.

The masjid/mosque can be an important space of healing and community for young Muslim women. Unfortunately, gender is not the only barrier that young Muslim women face in masjid’s/mosque’s but also racial and ethnic exclusion. There is a need to focus on the forms of racial and ethnic exclusions that young Muslim women may experience when accessing mosques among diverse Muslim communities in the GTA. Masjid’s/mosque’s should be an inclusive space for healing and safety for racially and ethnically diverse groups of Muslim women who attend or who wish to attend the masjid/mosque.

3rd June, 2014

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