Fatima Aziz

The Process of Political Activism

Team members: Fatima Aziz (Applied Legal Studies, SFU)

Currently the Muslim community does not have a local network of legal professionals to advocate on their behalf in response to the rise of Islamophobia. Visibly Muslim people – Muslim women, in particular – are being targeted online, in the workplace, and when they are in the community at large. There isn’t much recourse because the police or public safety officials aren’t engaging in preventative measures.

This award will facilitate the engagement of the Muslim community alongside community stakeholders, like public safety officials and policy makers. We will set up a 2-day workshop that will include: an informational session with legal professionals, public safety officials and policy makers to share insight on what courses of action the Muslim community has when they are faced with Islamophobia, as well as public engagement and community dialogue to mobilize the Muslim community at large. We hope this might lead to the development of an advocacy group that will engage with policy makers and inspire the creation of legislation to combat the rise of Islamophobia.

Community Partners:

What would you  do with $3,000?

Up to $30,000* is available to fund SFU students who want to work with community partners to create meaningful impact.

Maybe you’re working on an existing idea for a class you’re taking, through a student club, or through another organization. Or maybe you just have an amazing idea that keeps you up at night.... Whatever it is, we want to hear from you!

Start the process now by registering today and then submitting your idea before November 24 – all you need is your passion and an idea. 

* Award amounts subject to change