School of Religion honours acclaimed women's rights advocate at spring convocation
The School of Religion and Queen’s University will confer an honorary Doctor of Divinity on Alia Hogben, an internationally-known women’s rights champion, at the school’s spring convocation ceremony.
“Alia has shown exceptional and fearless leadership in advancing the role of women in Islam. But even more than this, her voice and the impact she has had in leading discussion and increasing understanding of Islam and its relevance to essential issues in our country has been inspiring,” says Jean Stairs, Principal, Queen’s School of Religion.
Ms Hogben is the executive director of the Canadian Council of Muslim Women (CCMW). With the Council, she has worked tirelessly to assist Canadian Muslim women and others to learn about Islam’s message of equality, plurality and inclusiveness and to seek changes in policies affecting all Muslims, especially Muslim women. Under her direction, the council has commissioned and disseminated many scholarly reports on the lives and rights of Muslim women in Canada thereby contributing to the education of Canadians about women and Islam.
Ms Hogben is also highly valued by the media as a commentator on issues concerning Islam in Canada and women in Islam. She writes a monthly column for the Kingston Whig-Standard on Islam and Muslims, and has spoken at international conferences all over the world. She was a key spokesperson against the use of religious law in family law arbitrations in Ontario. Her position is based both on her view of the breadth and pluralism within Islam and on her commitment to the rights of all women in Canada.
The School of Religion’s 2011 spring convocation will be held Wednesday, May 11 at 7 pm at Grant Hall. For more information visit the School of Religion website.