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“ A Hijabi’s Journey to Live, Laugh and Love”

Posted on 28 March 2014 by admin

A Celebration of Women™ and In Our Words Inc (IOWI) Publisher’s presented Author Farheen Khan’s latest book titled “A Hijabi’s Journey to Live, Laugh and Love” at its official book launch at the La Maquette Restaurant in Toronto.

The event was hosted by Mawuli Chai, a freelance writer and journalist and began with opening remarks by Cheryl Antao-Xavier, Publisher and Owner of In Our Words Inc (IOWI). Cheryl described the book as: “Frank, courageous, proactive: A must read for anyone seeking inspiration to move through and beyond adversity”

The event continued with book endorsers sharing their favourite passage in the book, including remarks from Catherine Anne Clark, Founder of A Celebration of Women™ (, Rabia Khedr and Jackie O’hara which were followed by remarks and a book reading by author Farheen Khan.

Farheen Khan is a consultant, writer and social activist. Currently working as the Manager, Development at Interim Place Women’s Shelter, she is an advocate for Women’s rights, specifically for survivors of violence. In 2011 Farheen took control of her life and decided to strive to live a healthier life. In her pursuit to be healthy, Farheen worked hard to lose over 157 pounds. She continues to work on her weightloss goals while motivating others. Farheen is a graduate of CITY Leaders and Maytree Foundation’s Leaders for Change and the DiverseCity Fellows 2010. She is currently pursuing her Degree in International Development at York University with a focus on Migration, Gender and Culture.

Farheen is also the author of a book titled “From Behind the Veil: A Hijabi’s Journey to Happiness” which is available online and has spoken in the media (including on CBC Radio) about her experience as a Muslim woman experiencing gendered Islamophobia post 9/11 and her journey from Corporate Canada to Social Justice as a result. Her newest publication “A Hijabi’s Journey to Live, Laugh and Love” is set to be released in March 2014. This book speaks to Farheen’s experience of embarking on a journey of finding love and realizing that in order to love another, you first need to love and care for yourself. Farheen’s next publication titled “The Hijabi Diaries” a play speaks to the inter and intra community challenges that Muslim Women in particular face in the North American context is set to be released in 2015.

Farheen spoke about her book and the experience of leaving an abusive marriage followed by her journey of taking control of her life and learning to love herself in order to love another. Farheen shared her obstacles and the inspiration she was able to find in order to lose over 157 pounds and drop from a size 26 to a size 12. “Make every day a productive one. Life is nothing more than a life in progress. Be the best YOU that you can be!”

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