On June 30, 2009, a submerged car with four female victims inside was found at the Kingston Mills lock situated where the Rideau Canal meets Lake Ontario near the city of Kingston. The four victims in the vehicle were identified as the Shafia sisters Zainib, Sahar, and Geeti, aged 19, 17, and 13 years respectively as well as their father’s first wife, Rona Amir Mohammad. In the following years what in ensued was a high profile murder trail in which the crown argued that the women were murdered to sustain “honour” for the father. 

On January 29, Mohammad Shafia, his wife and son were all convicted with first degree murder.

Named by the Toronto Star as one of 2011’s “People to Watch,” Farrah Khan has spent the last 16 years working diligently to raise awareness of gender-based violence through community development, counselling and art creation. Farrah holds a Masters of Social Work from the University of Toronto and supports women survivors of violence as a counsellor and advocate at a Toronto violence against women legal clinic.

Farrah is an emerging leader in grassroots equity movements and has been presented with numerous awards including the Canadian Council of Muslim Women, Women Who Inspire Award and Urban Alliance Relations Community award.

Farrah spoke with Ellie Gordon-Moershel about the Shafia trail, so-called “honour killings,” and the myth of Canadian secularism.

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