Protesters in Boston denounce President Trump's immigration ban
Multi-faith groups in Canada form protective rings around mosques
Nearly 35,000 Civilians Displaced from Mosul (Iraq)
Iraq defending whole world against Daesh with Mosul push: Jaafari
Press TV, October 19, 2016Television
An interview with Press TV, in which the Iraqi operation to liberate Mosul from ISIS was discussed.
Iraqi PM: Battle for Mosul enters final stage
Vancouver's Co-op Radio 100.5 FM, May 2, 2016Radio/Podcast
An interview on behalf of the Canadian Association of Muslim Women in Law with Vancouver's Co-op Radio discussed the Environics Survey of Muslims in Canada, as well as Muslim sentiments regarding discrimination, representation, and identity.
CHIN Radio Ottawa 97.9 FM, May 13, 2016Radio/Podcast
An interview with CHIN Radio Ottawa addressed the lack of a solid and open discourse around mental health in the Arab and Muslim communities, and what steps must be taken to bring about change.
Ruba Ali Al-Hassani: Working With Survivors
Muslim American Leadership Alliance, November 25, 2016Print
"This year , MALA is spotlighting individual stories from men and women who take a stand to eliminate violence against women, both nationally and globally. Our community looks forward to supporting UN Women’s Orange the World Campaign to support efforts to end violence against women and girls worldwide. UN Women and partners around the world are marking the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, launching from International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on November 25th until UN’s International Human Rights Day on December 10th."
Canada's Muslims embrace their country – even when it doesn't embrace back
The Christian Science Monitor, February 20, 2017Print
Did an interview with The Christian Science Monitor and spoke on behalf of the Canadian Association of Muslim Women in Law. In this interview, I addressed the rise of Islamophobia in Canada.
Women’s Bodies, Hair, and Clothing: What’s There to Normalize?
Published by The Huffington Post
September 25, 2016
The article discusses the international obsession with women's bodies - particularly Muslim women's bodies. This obsession results in hijab and burkini bans in Europe, as well as in Muslim women's attempts to normalize the hijab, and the social repercussions. The article also discusses a Muslim woman's experience with alopecia.
Wahhabism: The Ideology of Hate
Published by The Huffington Post
September 15, 2016
The article discusses Wahhabism, Saudi Arabia's official state ideology, which also inspires terrorism and misogyny.
Human Rights Advocacy, Sectarianism, and Other Biases
Published by 1001 Iraqi Thoughts
April 17, 2015
The article discusses the anti-Shia sectarianism that has been normalized by, and which guides, international human rights organizations reporting on Iraq.
Ruba Ali Al-Hassani is a doctoral candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, with a Masters Degree in Criminology from the University of Toronto, and a Masters in Law from Osgoode Hall Law School. In addition to teaching Sociology at York University, Ruba has returned as a sessional instructor at her alma mater, Trent University, where she had majored in Psychology and Sociology. Ruba is an interpreter for the International Refugee Assistance Project, a regional representative of the Iraqi Cooperative Orphan Aid Foundation, and a co-founding Board Member of the Canadian Association of Muslim Women in Law. She also volunteers for the Canadian National Alopecia Areata Foundation. Her research interests include Iraqi studies, the Sociology of law, racial profiling, and terrorism studies.
Additional Titles and Affiliations/Affiliations et Liens Supplémentaires
Regional Representative, Iraqi Orphan Aid Foundation
Interpreter, International Refugee Assistance Project
Co-Founder, Steering Committee Member of Canadian Association of Muslim Women in Law
Past Talks/Participation à des Événements
Stories told through social mobilization for, and understanding of, the Welfare State
the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Young Leaders’ Regional Thematic Network - Workshop Theme: “Know Your Rights: Towards More Active Participation of Youth in the Application of the Social Protection & Welfare Law”
Baghdad, Iraq (via video conferencing), September 18, 2015
Empathy: An Important Step Towards Personal and National Reconciliation
The Annual Conference of the Institute of War and Peace Reporting – Conference Theme: “Combating Social Extremism”
Baghdad, Iraq (via video conferencing), April 25, 2015