The Talk: How to Educate Your Children About Islamic Sexual Health
At The Green Room (#410, 10310 - 102 Ave)
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
According to recent research on the health and well-being of North American Muslims, Muslim youth do not “have a safe space in which to obtain [sexual] health information in a way that is mindful of their wide-ranging religious and cultural upbringing and values…The lack of open dialogue and education about sexual health in the Muslim community is directly correlated with negative health outcomes, sexual experimentation, sexual violence and marital challenges in the community.” (Nadiah Mohajir, HEART Women & Girls)
What role can parents play to ensure their children’s health, well-being and education when it comes to their bodies and sexual health? This session will give an overview for parents on how to talk about sexual health topics from a developmental and Islamic perspective.
Topics include physical growth, identity and peer groups, self-esteem, healthy relationships, and much more.
This session will be faciliated by Sameera Qureshi and Ibrahim Long. Parents and future parents are all welcome!
About The Facilitators:
Sameera Qureshi (MScOT) is an Occupational Therapist and currently manages a mental health promotion project that is school and community based, in Calgary. She earned her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2007 from Tufts University in Boston, MA. Her work over the past six years has been primarily with Muslim populated schools and their families. Since 2011, Sameera has been working to implement Islam-oriented sexual health education programs both within these schools and the greater Muslim community. Her work includes developing the curriculum for both genders and teaching the curriculum to girls in grades 5-9, running parent sessions, collaborating with multiple Calgary agencies around sexual health, and making her work available to interested community member and professionals. Sameera has presented at conferences in and around Calgary including the Students at Risk Conference, annually since 2012, and the Alberta Society for the Promotion of Sexual Health in 2014. Sameera has also introduced an Islam-oriented sexual abuse education program (modified from an evidence-based program that has been running in Calgary since 1994) within the schools, which is being run for the first time this year.
Ibrahim J. Long is a professionally-trained chaplain with experience serving in healthcare, educational, and correctional institutions. Presently, he serves as a Youth Counsellor and Islamic Studies Teacher at Edmonton Islamic Academy and as the first Muslim Chaplain at NAIT. Previously, Ibrahim provided spiritual care services to patients, family members and staff at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and Hamilton Health Sciences; providing care in their psychiatric, burn, trauma, and labour and delivery units. He holds an MA in Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations and a Graduate Certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy from Hartford Seminary; the first accredited graduate institution to offer Islamic chaplaincy education.