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Sexual Health & Wellness | Girls to Women & Boys to Men: Youth Sessions

  • The Green Room & Alberta Youth Volunteers 410/412, 10310 102 Avenue Edmonton, AB, T5J 0Y8 Canada (map)

Girls to Women: Sexual Health Education for Young Muslim Women

At The Green Room (#410, 10310 - 102 Ave) | 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Talking about the S word can be awkward. Recent research shows that “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)

Where do we go to get reliable information about sexual health within an Islamic context?

Join us for an evening session for young Muslim women focused on learning about and answering your questions about sexual health and well-being. This session is for young women ages 16-24 and will be facilitated by Sameera Qureshi.

Topics to be covered include physical growth and maturation, social/emotional changes, healthy relationships, media literacy, identity and peer groups, and much more.

About The Facilitator: 

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.


Boys to Men: Sexual Health Education for Young Muslim Men

At Alberta's Youth Volunteer Society (#412, 10310 - 102 Ave) | 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Talking about the S word can be awkward. Recent research shows that “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)

Where do we go to get reliable information about sexual health within an Islamic context?

Join us for an evening session for young Muslim men focused on learning about and answering your questions about sexual health and well-being. This session is for young men ages 16-24 and will be facilitated by Ibrahim Long and Abdel Rahman Ahmadi.

Topics to be covered include physical growth and maturation, social/emotional changes, healthy relationships, media literacy, identity and peer groups, and much more.

About The Facilitators:

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.

Abdel Rahman Ahmadi (Hamed) is a community member who has worked with youth in various capacities including camp counsellor, Sunday school teacher, and social organizer. He has been a member of various boards including the Boys and Girls Club of London. Hamed helped establish the Muslim Integration Committee in London. The committee's vision was to provide a safe space for new Muslims and individuals seeking to reconnect with the community to grow spiritually, emotionally, and socially.