Esther Passaris: A Voice for Kenyan Women

Esther Muthoni Passaris is known in Kenya in the world of politics and philanthropy.  Born in the coastal city of Mombasa to Greek and Kenyan Kikuyu parents, she has become a successful businesswoman and philanthropist, establishing the much lauded “Adopt-A-Light” program, which succeeded in  reducing crime by increasing lighting in many poverty-stricken neighbourhoods. She also possesses…

The Festival of Literary Diversity: A Celebration of Many Voices Coming Together

  FOLD 2017 accomplished its mission. As a Festival of Literary Diversity, the second-annual event brought together established and emergent writers of varied backgrounds in a space that fed their souls, created dialogue and provided down-to-earth guidelines and information about writing and publishing. Held recently in Brampton, Ontario, a city known for its culturally diverse population, FOLD…

Hijarbie: Creating Inclusivity and Representation for Young Muslim Girls

Representation and inclusivity matter. Playing with dolls, particularly Barbie, is a large part of childhood for many, but the doll and its clothing haven’t been very representative of all people. Barbie has made some strides recently by introducing dolls with different body shapes, different skin tones, and even dolls with disabilities. One Muslim woman from…