Raheel Raza

Author of THEIR JIHAD…NOT MY JIHAD, Raheel Raza is an award winning writer, professional speaker, diversity consultant and interfaith advocate.

Raza bridges the gap between East and West, promoting cultural and religious diversity. She has appeared in print, on television and radio to discuss diversity, harmony and interfaith. In a presentation to Members of Parliament and international diplomats at the House of Commons in Canada, Raza received a standing ovation for her speech called “Celebrating our Differences”.

Raza has received many awards for her work to build bridges of understanding. She is a recipient of the City of Toronto’s Constance Hamilton award and is the first South Asian woman to narrate a CBC documentary on “Passionate Eye”. A fervent advocate for gender equality, Raza is the first Muslim woman in Canada to lead mixed gender prayers. In her pursuit for human rights, she has spoken at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Growing up in a culture where women were supposed to “be seen and not heard”, Raza turned to writing at a young age and is a freelance journalist and documentary film maker. Travelling extensively throughout the world, Raza brings a fresh global perspective to her mandate “there is unity in diversity”.

In Canada Raza has spoken at places of worship, the private sector, the Justice Department, School Boards and government institutions. She has also been invited to speak at Universities in USA including Harvard & Columbia as well as Oxford and Cambridge in UK.