This article by Noor Javed was in the Toronto Star and I thought it was fantastic enough to bump this.
This is the sixth year the "unique youth effort" – the brainchild of a few young Muslim activists who wanted a forum for issues affecting their generation – has been held in Toronto.
"We have been in denial for too long," said Saeed Memon of Mississauga, a conference attendee. It's safe to say the impetus for change has been Parvez's death, he added.
The conference also included an hour-long seminar addressing the cultural baggage many associated with the teen's death.
In my view, the conference got it right. It appears culture played a role in her death, not religion as some have argued. She died, her friends said, because she didn't want to wear the hijab, something her more conservative family wanted her to adopt.
It's easy to disregard theories that cultural clash, a lack of parenting skills or a lack of parent-child communication may have played a role in her death – especially when the notion of a forced hijab is so appealing and, in today's political climate, so much easier to understand.
But as a hijabi by my own inclination, a choice that I made during university, much to the chagrin of my father who asked me to really consider the consequences of donning the scarf, it's hard to ignore the fascination both the Muslim community and broader Canadian society have with this piece of cloth.