Canadian school cancels event with Nadia Murad, ISIS survivor. They claim her visit will offend Muslims or foster Islamophobia.

Murad had been scheduled to meet with students of the Toronto District Schools Board (TDSB), Canada’s largest school board with almost 600 schools, to talk about her book The Last Girl. My Story Of Captivity. 

Murad’s graphic exposé detailed how she escaped the Islamic State, where she was ripped from her home and sold into sexual slavery aged just 14 years old, according to The Telegraph. 

The book is used by her to describe how she was tortured and raped before she found refuge in Durhok in northern Iraq and later to Germany, where she currently lives. 

Nadia Murad (pictured) wrote an exposé detailing how she escaped the Islamic State and was slated to discuss it at a book club event for the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) before it was cancelled

The event was cancelled because Superintendent Helen Fisher (pictured) said said it would offend Muslim students and 'promote Islamophobia'

Nadia Murad (pictured) wrote an exposé detailing how she escaped the Islamic State and was slated to discuss it at a book club event for the Toronto District School Board (TDSB). The event was cancelled by Superintendent Helen Fisher (right), who said that it would offend Muslim students as well as ‘promote Islamophobia.

In her book (pictured), Murad talks about how she was raped and tortured before finding her way to a refugee camp in Durhok, in northern Iraq, and then to Germany where she now lives

Murad (pictured) describes how she was tortured and raped before she found her way to Durhok in northern Iraq and on to Germany, where she currently lives.

Helen Fisher, Superintendent of the Board, stated that she would not allow her students to participate in the event before it could take place.

Since then, she apologized but declined to permit her students to attend. 

Fisher said that she thought the book would promote Islamophobia. She also cited how the book was offensive to Muslim students, which led her to cancel the event.

Tanya Lee (TDSB parent) was furious at the decision and sent an email detailing her feelings to the superintendent.

Lee founded A Room Of Your Own Book Club which allowed teen girls from secondary schools in the country, aged 13-18 to hear from female authors. The event was to be hosted by Murad. 

This is what Islam State refers to. This terrorist group is it. This terrorist organization has nothing to do the ordinary Muslims. She wrote that the Toronto school boards should know about this, according to The Telegraph.

Lee informed the news website the next day that Fisher had sent her a copy the policy of selecting culturally relevant reading material. A spokesperson for the TDSB said it was just a misinterpretation.

“The equity department doesn’t review or approve books for book clubs,” they said.

A statement was issued by the Board later stating that they wanted clarification.

“An opinion not reflecting the Toronto District Schools Board’s position was shared with organizers of the book clubs before the staff had the chance to read them – something routinely done prior to giving them to students,” it said.

In the statement it was stated that staff are currently reading the book. Additionally, the Board “sincerely apologized to Ms Murad” for having powerful stories to share. It also said that the Board “believes students will learn a lot (from)”.

Murad was captured by the Islamic State aged 14 and went on to become a leading advocate for survivors of genocide and sexual violence, a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and a UN Goodwill Ambassador (Murad pictured visiting her village for the first time after being captured by the Islamic State in 2017)

Murad was just 14 when she was kidnapped by the Islamic State. She went on become a leader advocate for survivors and victims of sexual violence. A Nobel Peace Prize winner and UN Goodwill Ambassador, Murad visited her village the first time since being taken prisoner by the Islamic State.

Murad became the first woman from Iraq to win the Nobel Peace Prize for her activism in speaking out against abuse and sexual violence (pictured during the award ceremony in 2018)

Murad was the first Iraqi woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2018. (Photo taken during 2018 award ceremony).

Murad, a prominent advocate for victims of genocide or sexual violence, was also a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and UN Goodwill Ambassador. 

Lee was the one who made the club available to the young British girls. She told The Telegraph, “The book club event at A Room Of Your Own Book Club featuring Nadia Murad will take place across Canada in Feb.” 

“The TDSB is not committed to their students attending. It is a terrible loss for everyone. It is an awful loss for students, teachers, and the community at TDSB.

Fisher has banned books from book clubs before.

Back in October, A Room Of Your Own Book Club featured author and lawyer Marie Henein, who defended Canadian radio host Jian Ghomeshi while he was being faced with sexual assault charges.

Although Ghomeshi was acquitted on all charges in 2016, the TDSB sill refused to let its students attend the event.

Numerous users took to Twitter in anger over the TDSB decision.

One user referred to when Holocaust survivors spoke to TDSB schools and sarcastically said: ‘I guess all the Holocaust survivors who have spoken at schools were promoting hatred of Germans – any response to your idiotic position on Nadia Murad???’

Another user claimed that Murad’s cancellation by the school is due to Murad being de-platformed. 

Yet another response said the decision is the ‘opposite’ of cancel culture, ‘where incompetent professionals face no consequences for bungling their jobs, because their errors are seen as being committed in the (nominal) service of social justice’.