Building Peace in our Communities

Maryam Monsef

Event: Ottawa Peace Talks 2016
Location: Delegation of Ismaili Imamat
Date: 19/04/2016

Simple acts of solidarity can become powerful drivers for peace. Maryam recounts the story of a fire deliberately started at a mosque in Peterborough, Ontario and how the community and Canadians helped rebuild it. She shares her thoughts on how local leadership can build peaceful and inclusive societies.

Tags: Canada,  Community,  Diversity,  Ethnic Tensions,  Hope,  Identity,  Peace,  Positive Change,  Religious Tensions,  Respect,  Social Cohesion

Maryam Monsef

Canadian Minister of Democratic Institutions/ Ministre canadienne des Institutions démocratiques

Maryam is Canada’s Member of Parliament for Peterborough-Kawartha, and the Minister of Democratic Institutions. She arrived in Canada at the age of 11 as a refugee escaping Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. She is the first Afghan-Canadian MP and first Muslim federal minister. At 31, she is also the youngest member of Prime Minister Trudeau’s cabinet. A dedicated community organizer, former mayoral candidate, and co-recipient of the YMCA’s Peace Medallion, Maryam is an advocate for women’s inclusion and human rights.