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Across Her Table Podcast

Author: Mifrah Abid

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An interview-based podcast where I, Mifrah Abid, talk to remarkable Canadian 🍁 women with immigrant roots and how they are enriching the social narrative in Canada.
Join me to hear in-depth conversations with these inspiring women who have stories to tell, values to share and so much to give to their communities.

Season 3 starts in Summer 2021!

This podcast was conceptualized with my very geeky husband Javed Shaikh, over several cups of chai and the constant din of two yelling children.
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Acclaimed author Uzma Jalaludin is on a roll! Her first book, 'Ayesha at Last' was a runaway hit and has now been optioned for Hollywood. This 'Muslim edit' of Pride and Prejudice explores the love lives of second generation Toronto Muslims. Her new book 'Hana Khan Carries On' is a retelling of the cult romcom 'You've Got Mail'. Tune in to hear this fun author where she explains the 'Rishta' system of finding a spouse- "the most awkward blind date ever". You will also enjoy listening about her lovable characters and why she believes representation matters so much for her community. Do send in your comments or feedback about this episode by tweeting them to @acrosshertable or e-mailing them at feedback@acrosshertable.com  or send us a voice message at http://www.anchor.fm/acrosshertable/message Don't forget to follow Across Her Table on Instagram @acrosshertable (https://www.instagram.com/acrosshertable) Music credit: Oh My - Patrick Patrikios , Santa Teresa - Patiño
When we talk about mothers and their teenage daughters, we think of typical tropes: the constant arguments, the difference in world views, and diametrically opposite opinions. But what if it doesn’t have to be that way? What if mothers and daughters sat down to listen to what the other has to say? What if, they could become each other’s strongest allies? This Women’s Day join us as we talk to mother-daughter duo Abiha and Madiah Syed as they share how they made a conscious effort to overcome their differences,  what Women’s Day means to each generation, what they admire about each other, and what they each believe will truly empower women. Abiha Syed is the Co-Chair and founding member of the Muslim Women of Cambridge, a nonprofit dedicated to bridging intercommunity dialog and engagement. Madiha Syed is her 18-year-old daughter, who is studying architecture at the University of Toronto You can check out the Muslim Women of Cambridge on mwcambridge.net or follow them on Facebook and Instagram @mwcmuslimwomenofcambridge Do send in your comments or feedback about this episode by tweeting them to @acrosshertable or e-mailing them at feedback@acrosshertable.com  or send us a voice message at http://www.anchor.fm/acrosshertable/message Don't forget to follow Across Her Table on Instagram @acrosshertable (https://www.instagram.com/acrosshertable) Music credit: Oh My - Patrick Patrikios , Santa Teresa - Patiño
Raufikat Oyawoye-Salami arrived in Canada in November 2017 in the town of Milton, Ontario. In less than 3 years she had been selected to be on the Great Canadian Baking show- TWICE. With the fourth season now in full swing, Raufikat is all charged up, rediscovering her love for baking. Listen in as she talks about her experience as a newcomer to Canada, her Nigerian heritage, her baking journey, and of course, the defining moments in that iconic TENT! Tune in to hear her also talk about Nigerian cuisine and her very strong opinions on Jollof rice! To see her delicious creations, you can follow her on Instagram @lanisbakebox Message Do send in your comments or feedback about this episode by tweeting them to @acrosshertable or e-mailing them at feedback@acrosshertable.com  or send us a voice message at http://www.anchor.fm/acrosshertable/message Don't forget to follow Across Her Table on Instagram @acrosshertable (https://www.instagram.com/acrosshertable) Music credit: Oh My - Patrick Patrikios , Santa Teresa - Patiño
Ginella Massa is an award-winning journalist, who is also the first hijab wearing one ever to host a prime-time TV show in North America. Her daily CBC show ‘Canada Tonight’ is changing how we consume news in the country today. But was it all easy? Ginella talks to Mifrah Abid about: Her Latino-Afro roots and journey to Canada, The scrutiny she faces for her clothing choices, The struggle of picking the right ‘Hijab’ friendly outfit, The seemingly ‘strange’ way of her arranged marriage, Her work ethics in the newsroom and The message of positivity she sends even to her haters! Tune in to listen to this spunky journalist who is rewriting the history books. Do send in your comments or feedback about this episode by tweeting them to @acrosshertable or e-mailing them at feedback@acrosshertable.com  or send us a voice message at http://www.anchor.fm/acrosshertable/message Don't forget to follow Across Her Table on Instagram @acrosshertable (https://www.instagram.com/acrosshertable) Music credit: Oh My - Patrick Patrikios , Santa Teresa - Patiño, Mongrel Dance - Dan Bodan
Sheba Siddiqui is a woman with many roles. A journalist, Global News Radio producer, columnist,  host, and most importantly - a mom of four. She is also a great conversationalist. Being a second generation Canadian helps her look at the two cultures that define her - with some level of neutrality. Listen to our latest episode as we discuss: The culture of stigma in South Asian communities (i.e. “Log Kya Kahenge?”) The need for change in mental health conversations in immigrant families (“Stop being so ‘Bollywood!”) The emotional roller coaster mothers face when restarting their careers The key to keeping sanity with ‘Pandemic Parenting’ and Her take on being the only person of color in the newsroom even in 2021 Also look out for a special mention of Season 1 guest Amira Elghawaby and the connection they share! Do send in your comments or feedback about this episode by tweeting them to @acrosshertable or e-mailing them at feedback@acrosshertable.com  or send us a voice message at http://www.anchor.fm/acrosshertable/message Don't forget to follow Across Her Table on Instagram @acrosshertable (https://www.instagram.com/acrosshertable) Music credit: Oh My - Patrick Patrikios , Santa Teresa - Patiño
Zena Chaudhry likes breaking hijabi stereotypes. She loves the outdoors and is passionate about camping, kayaking, hunting, sailing, and fishing. She has won several fishing tournaments and proudly states that she has never been ‘skunked’- i.e., come back from a fishing trip without catching any. (She has been at it since she was 3!) But Zena is also the founder and CEO of Sakeenah Homes- a network of transitional homes and shelters for those who desperately need it. She recognized gaps in the system that leave out some of the most vulnerable members of society. The need for a safe place can stem from multiple reasons- domestic violence, abuse, poverty, homelessness, immigration… Whatever the reason may be, Sakeenah homes steps in as a salve. Not only do they provide shelters (and the first Muslim foster home in North America),  but they also offer a significant corpus of services like legal, mental health, financial assistance, education, etc.- things that at-risk sections so badly need but don’t necessarily have access to. One of her proudest moments though? Offering reconciliation counseling to those who want a second chance. Zena challenges prevalent tropes surrounding abuse- “Is it better to die than be divorced?’ “Am I just imagining it?” “Am I a homewrecker if I am trying to escape it?” Listen to this gutsy CEO discuss the horrific cases she has encountered, how the pandemic brought a 700% increase in calls for help, and how she and her team managed to stay afloat in the deluge. Link: https://www.sakeenahhomes.com/aboutus Do send in your comments or feedback about this episode by tweeting them to @acrosshertable or e-mailing them at feedback@acrosshertable.com  or send us a voice message at http://www.anchor.fm/acrosshertable/message Don't forget to follow Across Her Table on Instagram @acrosshertable (https://www.instagram.com/acrosshertable) Music credit: Oh My - Patrick Patrikios , Santa Teresa - Patiño
The federal government declared January 29 as the National Day of Remembrance of the Quebec city Mosque Attack and Action against Islamophobia. That doesn't mean that Islamophobia is a thing of the past. Fauzia Mazhar ,the executive director of the Coalition of Muslim Women of Kitchener Waterloo, points out the different ways it still manifests itself and asks some tough questions: -Is Islamophobia only a "Muslim" problem? -What does Quebec's Bill 21 mean for the Muslim woman on the street? -Could we now potentially have refugees fleeing Quebec because of religious persecution? Fauzia tackles these hard issues even as she fights her own battle with breast cancer. Listen in to hear her deeply personal reflections- why she refuses to be called a "survivor" or "warrior" and how she dealt with the most important question of her cancer journey: "Why me"? Link to Coalition of Muslim Women of Kitchener Waterloo - http://www.cmw-kw.org Do send in your comments or feedback about this episode by tweeting them to @acrosshertable or e-mailing them at feedback@acrosshertable.com  or send us a voice message at http://www.anchor.fm/acrosshertable/message Don't forget to follow Across Her Table on Instagram @acrosshertable (https://www.instagram.com/acrosshertable) Music credit: Oh My - Patrick Patrikios , Santa Teresa - Patiño
In a world where everyone wants to be heard, Kanwal listens. Kanwal Ahmed was already a household name in Pakistan when she launched her web talk show ‘Conversations with Kanwal’. The show was a massive hit- not because of any celebrity presence, but because of the stories. Raw, unfiltered stories of everyday people and their struggles. Stories that need to be heard, stories that make you cry, stories that compel you to think. Kanwal probably knows that just telling these stories may be seen as an act of defiance. But that doesn’t stop her. She continues to raise taboo issues women face- like dowry, domestic abuse, colorism, living with disabilities, gaslighting, and even marital rape. Kanwal is intent on building the sisterhood and to create safe spaces for women to talk- one story at a time. With a little help from her fans, she is back with her Season 3!  Listen to her on our latest episode as she talks about her own story- her journey as a leader, her own struggles as a new immigrant in Canada and her message to women content creators. Links:  https://www.youtube.com/user/Kanwalful https://twitter.com/kanwalful https://www.instagram.com/kanwalful/ https://www.deensupportservices.ca/ Do send in your comments or feedback about this episode by tweeting them to @acrosshertable or e-mailing them at feedback@acrosshertable.com  or send us a voice message at http://www.anchor.fm/acrosshertable/message Don't forget to follow Across Her Table on Instagram @acrosshertable (https://www.instagram.com/acrosshertable) Music credit: Oh My - Patrick Patrikios , Santa Teresa - Patiño
As we talk more and more about race relations, there are some questions that often come up: What is an ally? Can anyone become an ally? Or do you have to be from a dominant group to do so? Do organizations need to have minority ‘quotas’ to be seen as inclusive? Or is that just token allyship? Can newcomers to Canada and Indigenous people have something in common? What does it mean when a person of color (POC) is asked: ‘Where are you *really* from’? And most importantly… What should you do if you witness racial aggression? Meet Uswah Ahsan, founder and Executive Director of Ally Squared. Listen to her answer these questions and what prompted her to start her nonprofit at the age of 21, and how her team hopes to dismantle racial inequities. Want more resources on learning about social equity? Here are some of Uswah’s recommendations: https://www.rethinkingdevelopmentpodcast.com/ https://www.npr.org/podcasts/510312/codeswitch https://open.spotify.com/show/1Y3colnIhnNfvBcK8O9y7p https://www.earhustlesq.com/ And of course… https://www.deensupportservices.ca/ Do send in your comments or feedback about this episode by tweeting them to @acrosshertable or e-mailing them at feedback@acrosshertable.com  or send us a voice message at http://www.anchor.fm/acrosshertable/message Don't forget to follow Across Her Table on Instagram @acrosshertable (https://www.instagram.com/acrosshertable) Music credit: Oh My - Patrick Patrikios , Santa Teresa - Patiño
From the land of Ertugrul - a 24-year-old Turkish woman came to Toronto to learn English. The rest, as they say, is history. Filiz Ozmisir is a registered nurse, who also happened to co-found Refugee Girls Worldwide. Why did she start this initiative? Filiz challenges us to rethink when we hear the word ‘refugee’. With over 30 million refugees on the planet today (and 17 million of them being only underage girls), she wants you to understand the lived experience of those on the receiving end of this term. The reality, she believes, will change your perceptions forever. Remember, she says, how we ourselves reacted when the pandemic first broke out. Listen in as she talks about her journey, her Turkish roots, Ertugrul, and of course her passion project. For more information you can check out these resources: https://www.therefugeegirls.com/ https://idrf.ca/ https://humanconcern.org/ https://www.deensupportservices.ca/ (For Rabia Khedr’s cause) Do send in your comments or feedback about this episode by tweeting them to @acrosshertable or e-mailing them at feedback@acrosshertable.com  or send us a voice message at http://www.anchor.fm/acrosshertable/message Don't forget to follow Across Her Table on Instagram @acrosshertable (https://www.instagram.com/acrosshertable) Music credit: Oh My - Patrick Patrikios , Santa Teresa - Patiño
Season 2 begins with a VERY special guest- Anjum Mukadam from Across the Atlantic! What prompted the creation of this podcast? Which episodes really clicked with the audiences? And of course, listener feedback! Two close friends chat, laugh and look back at Season 1 and how it all began. Tune in to join the light hearted banter as we look ahead to more engaging episodes coming up.
Raw, inspiring, and humbling- Rabia Khedr’s story is something we would like to make recommended listening for everyone.   Rabia Khedr has been blind since birth but that has not stopped her from becoming a super-achiever.  She has spent the better part of her life advocating for people with disabilities and for racial equity. She has founded Diversityworx and DEEN Support Services- both that help her serve the people she represents. She is also a founding member of CAM-D- the Canadian Association for Muslims of Disabilities. She has been the Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission and the Executive Director of the Muslim Council of Peel. She even ran for public office! While all these are great accomplishments in themselves, this spirited mother of four wins you over with her humility and sense of humor. Follow her on Twitter:  @RabiaKhedr For links to her work: DEEN Support Services: http://www.deensupportservices.ca Canadian Association of Muslims with Disabilities: https://camd.ca Diversityworx: https://www.diversityworx.com Do send in your comments or feedback about this episode by tweeting them to @acrosshertable or e-mailing them at feedback@acrosshertable.com  or send us a voice message at http://www.anchor.fm/acrosshertable/message Don't forget to follow Across Her Table on Instagram @acrosshertable (https://www.instagram.com/acrosshertable) Music credit:  'Storybook' by Scott Holmes & 'Once Upon a Time" by Audiobinger
Schanze Sial has just turned 17 and has already earned a prestigious NASA internship. Tune in to listen how this high school student from Milton, Ontario bagged this opportunity, how other students can plan their careers and what Gen Z thinks about older generations!  Do send in your comments or feedback about this episode by tweeting them to @acrosshertable or e-mailing them at feedback@acrosshertable.com  or send us a voice message at http://www.anchor.fm/acrosshertable/message Don't forget to follow Across Her Table on Instagram @acrosshertable (https://www.instagram.com/acrosshertable)
Habon Ali has accomplished much at her young age. This child of Somali refugees recently graduated from the University of Toronto and was the valedictorian for the class of 2020. But that’s not where her major breakthrough lies. She was selected to be on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s first-ever youth council to advise him and his government on issues that matter to the youth.  She has for long been a very vocal advocate for racial and economic equity in society. She recently earned an internship at the prestigious MARS innovation hub. Her goal? To use her skills to reduce barriers for youth and vulnerable communities across Canada.  Tune in to listen to her experiences with racism, being one of 7 siblings, and whether it is possible to EVER get comfortable talking to the Prime Minister! You can follow her on @habondali on Twitter. MARSDD - https://www.marsdd.com Do send in your comments or feedback about this episode by tweeting them to @acrosshertable or e-mailing them at feedback@acrosshertable.com  or send us a voice message at http://www.anchor.fm/acrosshertable/message Don't forget to follow Across Her Table on Instagram @acrosshertable (https://www.instagram.com/acrosshertable) Music credit:  'Storybook' by Scott Holmes & 'Once Upon a Time" by Audiobinger
How does one talk to children about racism? Is Canada free of systemic racism? Is there racism within the Muslim community? And was journalism always an obvious career choice for this award winning journalist? Amira Elghawaby has worked with major news networks like the CBC and the Globe and Mail. She is now a contributing columnist for the Toronto Star. Wait, there’s more! This daughter of Egyptian immigrants is also the founding board member of Anti hate Network Canada and the Silk Route Institute  - two organizations working to combat bigotry and promote people's engagement with diverse communities. Listen to her talk about her life as a child of immigrants in the 70's, her take on anti-racist dialogue in Canada, confronting her own blind spots when advocating for human rights, and the most difficult stories she had to cover as a journalist. Bonus: She is also keen on helping any of our listeners to fine-tune their art as writers. Listen to hear how she can help you! You can check her TedX talk here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pP_ptjP1eKo. You can follow her on Twitter at @AmiraElghawaby Reference websites : http://silkroadinstitute.ca and https://www.antihate.ca Do send in your comments or feedback about this episode by tweeting them to @acrosshertable or e-mailing them at feedback@acrosshertable.com  or send us a voice message at http://www.anchor.fm/acrosshertable/message Don't forget to follow Across Her Table on Instagram @acrosshertable (https://www.instagram.com/acrosshertable) Music credit:  'Storybook' by Scott Holmes & 'Once Upon a Time" by Audiobinger
What does it take to beat THOUSANDS of contestants and get in the MasterChef Canada kitchen- one of the most beloved food show franchises on the planet? How do you compete on a cooking show when your faith mandates certain diet restrictions? Is Egyptian cuisine more than just Shawarma and Falafels? And why does no one ever talk about postpartum depression?! Reem Ahmed came to Canada as a high school student 11 years ago. She navigated her cultural identities to find who she was.  After completing her engineering, getting married and having a baby, she realized she wanted to do something else. She picked cooking and there has been no looking back since.  Being on Master Chef Canada (Season 5) helped her to explore her new found love for cooking but also the ugly realization that she had been silently suffering from post-partum depression. Listen in to hear her journey through this all to become the much loved Instagram chef she is now. You can check her on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chefreemahmed/?hl=en Do send in your comments or feedback about this episode by tweeting them to @acrosshertable or e-mailing them at feedback@acrosshertable.com  or send us a voice message at http://www.anchor.fm/acrosshertable/message Don't forget to follow Across Her Table on Instagram @acrosshertable (https://www.instagram.com/acrosshertable) Music credit:  'Storybook' by Scott Holmes & 'Once Upon a Time" by Audiobinger
"What does your Ontario health card do for you? Does it REALLY have all your health data?  Is Canada more ready for health data reform than its neighbor? Could Toronto become the next Silicon Valley? Will the pandemic change workspace culture forever?  Are tech companies inclusive enough?" There are so many questions that we have and so we invited Huda Idrees, CEO, DotHealth, and she had some really interesting answers!  Huda came to Toronto as a student from Saudi Arabia. She is now at the forefront of the Toronto Tech community. She was recently ranked as one of the MOST INSPIRATIONAL women of Toronto (2019- trnto.com). Her company is revolutionizing how Health care data works in Canada. Imagine if there was a way to have ALL your health information : from doctor's notes, to lab results, to medical imaging,  to vaccine records -securely in ONE place? Huda Idrees' company is doing just that and transforming how things work. This young CEO has been covered by major news networks and has also advised the federal and provincial health ministries on strategy. Tune in to hear her talk about the gaps in the system and her immigrant roots.  For more details check: @hidrees on Twitter | www.hudaidrees.com | www.dothealth.ca -For her book recommendation:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Small_Is_Beautiful Do send in your comments or feedback about this episode by tweeting them to @acrosshertable or e-mailing them at feedback@acrosshertable.com  or send us a voice message at http://www.anchor.fm/acrosshertable/message Don't forget to follow Across Her Table on Instagram @acrosshertable (https://www.instagram.com/acrosshertable) Music credit:  'Storybook' by Scott Holmes & 'Once Upon a Time" by Audiobinger
Nada Khatib did not always plan on becoming an artist, but once she did, there was no looking back. Within 2 years of starting she has amassed a fan following of 97000+ on social media. Her videos of her art process have been viewed several million times.  Although born in Canada, she is deeply connected to her Syrian identity- her parents came as refugees in the late 80's. Listen to her talk about the impossible challenges faced by refugees and how she thinks the current crisis in Syria compares to the one three decades ago- the time when her family arrived in Canada. You can check her incredible paintings on https://expressionbynada.com/ Or watch her captivating videos on her instagram account @expressionbynada Do send in your comments or feedback about this episode by tweeting them to @acrosshertable or e-mailing them at feedback@acrosshertable.com  or send us a voice message at http://www.anchor.fm/acrosshertable/message Don't forget to follow Across Her Table on Instagram @acrosshertable (https://www.instagram.com/acrosshertable) Music credit:  'Storybook' by Scott Holmes & 'Once Upon a Time" by Audiobinger
Tabassum Wyne is an Instagram star with 14k followers under her Instagram handle @Kashmirifoodie. Her recipes and cookbooks have won her thousands of admirers. She has collaborated with big brands like KitchenAid USA, Nando's, Mellisa and Doug, Chapters Indigo, and Wilton (among others) as a content creator and recipe developer. But there's more to Tabassum. She is now the founder and executive director of the Muslim Advisory Council of Canada- a nonprofit organization that aims to build bridges between Muslim and non-Muslim people, businesses, and communities. Listen to her talk about her Kashmiri roots, her role as a social entrepreneur, and her love for all things food. You can check her websites here: https://kashmirifoodie.com and https://muslimadvisory.ca Do send in your comments or feedback about this episode by tweeting them to @acrosshertable or e-mailing them at feedback@acrosshertable.com  or send us a voice message at http://www.anchor.fm/acrosshertable/message Don't forget to follow Across Her Table on Instagram @acrosshertable (https://www.instagram.com/acrosshertable) Music credit:  'Storybook' by Scott Holmes & 'Once Upon a Time" by Audiobinger
Tasmea Mahmud is a Bangladeshi-Canadian who majored in biochemistry from the University of Toronto. Listen to her talk about finding her passion for writing and illustrating children's books. She now owns her own company wishuponmystory.com- serving the niche market of personalized storybooks for Muslim kids.  Hear her talk about how necessary representation in literature is for children of visible minorities.  Do send in your comments or feedback about this episode by tweeting them to @acrosshertable or e-mailing them at feedback@acrosshertable.com  or send us a voice message at http://www.anchor.fm/acrosshertable/message Don't forget to follow Across Her Table on Instagram @acrosshertable (https://www.instagram.com/acrosshertable)  Music credit:  'Storybook' by Scott Holmes & 'Once Upon a Time" by Audiobinger
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