Young Muslim women discuss religion and culture on The Agenda with Steve Paikin Friday February 1, 2008

    TORONTO, Jan. 31 /CNW/ - Young Muslim women living in North America speak
out about the challenges they face as they try to strike a balance between the
religion they practise and the wider culture they experience outside the home.
For this discussion on Friday February 1 The Agenda with Steve Paikin is
bringing guests from across the continent together by satellite.
    The discussion will also look at some of the myths and realities of
Muslim women. Are their choices cultural or religious? Why do some Muslim
women wear a headscarf and others do not? Is the hijab a personal statement or
a symbol of oppression?

    Steve Paikin's young guests include:

    -   Ausma Khan, editor in chief of Muslim Girl magazine (Los Angeles)
    -   Saffiyah Ally, journalist and associate editor of the online forum
        altmuslim (Toronto)
    -   Gilary Massa, vice president, Equity, York University Federation of
        Students (Toronto)
    -   Abeer Al-Azzawi, creator of Queendom Hijabs, an online hijab shopping
        site (New York)
    -   Zaynab Aden, freelance writer and Barack Obama supporter
    -   Salma Al Atassi, Syrian-born grade 12 student at City School
    -   Katherine Bullock, lecturer at the University of Toronto at
        Mississauga and author of Rethinking Muslim Women and the Veil

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For further information: Media contact: Elizabeth Reid, (416) 484-2600,
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