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Farah Mawani

Policy Researcher & Founder, Farahway Global @Centre for Social Innovation

Farah N. Mawani is a PhD Candidate in Public Health Sciences at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. She has global research, writing, and teaching experience in inequalities in global mental health, social and cultural determinants of mental health, immigrant and refugee mental health, and community-based research. She has national experience in roles ranging from Senior Policy and Research Analyst, Mental Health Strategy, Mental Health Commission of Canada to National Coordinator for numerous national health research projects.

Farah recently founded Farahway Global, a Social Media, Public Engagement, Human Rights and Health agency. It builds on Farah’s experience directing the social media and public engagement components of Free the Hikers, which played a large role in freeing Josh Fattal, Shane Bauer and Sarah Shourd, held hostage in Iran for 2 years and 2 months.

Harper Should Stand With Canadians And Help Free Mohamed Fahmy

Dear Prime Minister Harper, I write to you as a Canadian, and as a survivor of having a loved one wrongfully imprisoned in Iran. I write to you knowing what it feels like every moment of every day a loved is held captive for political reasons alone. It is haunting. It is impossible to feel free.
02/22/2015 11:42 EST

These Two Canadians Imprisoned in Egypt Need Your Help

On World Humanitarian Day, I think of all the remarkable people who risk their lives to save the lives of others. I think especially of Dr. Tarek Loubani, and Prof. John Greyson, arrested by Egyptian authorities last Friday, who are experiencing a horror far too similar to the horror I experienced almost exactly four years ago.
08/19/2013 05:18 EDT
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What Immigrant Mothers Lose When You Split Their Families

People who have lost their mothers know how profoundly painful and life-changing that loss is. Many immigrants and refugees experience that loss through separation from their mothers in the process of migration. Some mothers migrate before their children, and some children before their mothers. Whatever the process, that separation has a devastating impact on mothers and children.
05/13/2013 12:19 EDT

Despite Iran's Oppressive Regime, These People Fight On

I am in awe of Drs. Kamiar and Arash Alaei's strength, courage and commitment in continuing their critical global HIV/AIDS work after enduring imprisonment for their important work. Now we must also recognize the work of Masoud Shafii, the lawyer who got them -- and hikers Josh, Shane and Sarah -- their freedom from Iran's oppressive regime.
07/25/2012 12:18 EDT

From Iranian Prison to Outdoor Wedding

I recently attended the wedding for Sarah and Shane, with Josh as their best man and witnessing the vision they had more than two years ago, while still held hostage in Iran, was as surreal as their capture and captivity. The contrast was dramatic: ALL outdoors with their ceremony and reception in a field surrounded by mountains, followed by brunch the next day on a beach overlooking the crashing waves of the Pacific ocean.
05/14/2012 03:05 EDT

Help Free a Canadian Prisoner under Torture in Iran

Saeed Malekpour was sentenced to death on October 2010 on false confessions he gave two years ago when subjected to physical and psychological torture. The release of Sarah, Shane, and Josh from Evin prison shows that we, as a community, can put a stop to yet another indictment on human rights.
05/10/2012 07:56 EDT

The Iranian Who Freed U.S. Hostages is Now Hostage Himself

I felt a kinship with lawyer Masoud Shafii because I can sense he is driven by the same conviction I am when fighting for Iranian hostages to be free. To punish him, the Iranian regime has confiscated his passport. He cannot travel freely and is prohibited him from practicing law. The time has come for us to speak out and tell the Iranian regime that we will not stand by while they commit injustices to this courageous defender of justice.
05/09/2012 10:58 EDT

Muslims Do What?!

The cover of Foreign Policy's May/June 2012 issue is raising controversy for it's photo depicting a nude woman with a niqab painted on her body, with the title "Why Do They Hate Us?" I am thrilled to see the Muslim debate raised to a level I have been longing for.
04/26/2012 05:07 EDT