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Farah Mawani
Farah N. Mawani is a PhD Candidate in Public Health Sciences at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. She has global research, writing, and teaching experience in inequalities in global mental health, social and cultural determinants of mental health, immigrant and refugee mental health, and community-based research. She has national experience in roles ranging from Senior Policy and Research Analyst, Mental Health Strategy, Mental Health Commission of Canada to National Coordinator for numerous national health research projects.

Farah recently founded Farahway Global, a Social Media, Public Engagement, Human Rights and Health agency. It builds on Farah’s experience directing the social media and public engagement components of Free the Hikers, which played a large role in freeing Josh Fattal, Shane Bauer and Sarah Shourd, held hostage in Iran for 2 years and 2 months.

Entries by Farah Mawani

Dear Imprisoned Journalists, "We Are With You" on World Press Freedom Day

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2015 | 5:01 PM

May 3 was World Press Freedom Day. I think of journalists, writers... all those wrongfully imprisoned around the world. I think of their trauma, and their loved ones' trauma. And I think of their courage. This year, Mohamed Fahmy, a Canadian award-winning journalist, released on bail after 412...

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I'm Begging Harper to Help Free Mohamed Fahmy

(29) Comments | Posted February 22, 2015 | 10:42 PM


As Mohamed Fahmy's retrial starts in Egypt I am sharing my open letter to Prime Minister Harper, originally posted on my website. Eleven days after posting it there, and 421 days since Mohamed Fahmy's wrongful arrest and imprisonment in Egypt, I...

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"Karibu:" Inclusion in a Word

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 4:13 PM

The greatest challenge of my latest trip to Zanzibar, was balancing my enthusiasm for exploring the island and meeting new people, with my need to protect my safety. Though I come from East Africa, and had traveled to Zanzibar briefly a few times previously, I was unsure of how to...

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Well On My Way: Transforming a Hike to Captivity Into a Walk to Freedom

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 3:43 PM

"I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here...
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Freedom Season: The Time Is Right to Free Tarek Loubani and John Greyson

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 2:42 PM

2013-09-30-image.jpg DAVE CHIDLEY / THE CANADIAN PRESS

"The time is always right to do what is right." ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

This time of year has become Freedom Season for me. On September 21, 2011, my precious friends Josh...

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These Two Canadians Imprisoned in Egypt Need Your Help

(6) Comments | Posted August 19, 2013 | 5:00 PM

On World Humanitarian Day, I think of all the remarkable people who risk their lives to save the lives of others. I celebrate their contributions, and mourn the violence, imprisonment, suffering and loss of life many of them have had to endure while trying to make the world...

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From 'Bullets to Butterflies' to Education for All

(2) Comments | Posted May 30, 2013 | 1:41 PM

On October 9, 2012, Malala Yousafzai, a 15 year old Pakistani student and education activist, was shot in the head and neck in an assassination attempt by the Taliban. Like people around the world, I was stunned. My shock quickly turned to outrage at such horrific violence against a young...

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What Immigrant Mothers Lose When You Split Their Families

(10) Comments | Posted May 13, 2013 | 12:07 PM

On Mother's Day morning, like people around the world, I reflected on my relationship with my mother. She is so incredibly significant to me that it's difficult to capture it in words. But I tried to do so in a Facebook post:

"She's always there for me, even when...
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Despite Iran's Oppressive Regime, These People Fight On

(3) Comments | Posted July 25, 2012 | 12:00 PM

I woke up at dawn today and my first thought was of Drs. Kamiar and Arash Alaei winning the first Elizabeth Taylor Human Rights Award at the International AIDS 2012 conference in Washington, D.C. on July 22. I was beckoned by light streaming through an...

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From Iranian Prison to Outdoor Wedding

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2012 | 2:17 PM

I started this 7 Causes in 7 Days blog series last week to mark 7 months that Josh, Shane, and Sarah have been freed from being held hostage in an Iranian prison. The number 7 is significant in many cultures around the world, often considered lucky. My birthday falls on...

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Help Free a Canadian Prisoner under Torture in Iran

(1) Comments | Posted May 10, 2012 | 7:56 AM

The first political prisoner campaign I got involved in after Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer were released on September 21, 2011, was the Free Saeed Malekpour campaign.

Saeed is a 36 year old Canadian permanent resident, who was arrested in Iran in October 2008, a few days after he...

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The Iranian Who Freed U.S. Hostages is Now Hostage Himself

(4) Comments | Posted May 9, 2012 | 7:33 AM

Nelson Mandela's wise words capture what felt so impossible to explain over the past few years; what inspired my dedication to fight for freedom for my dear friends, Josh Fattal, Shane Bauer and Sarah Shourd. When the three Americans were freed from a two-year imprisonment in Iran, after being arrested...

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Muslims Do What?!

(83) Comments | Posted April 26, 2012 | 3:56 PM

When I was asked by the Huffington Post if I wanted to write a blog post responding to "an article about a woman in Muslim dress photographed holding a bra," I thought "Really? There's an article about that?" I was told that the story had created a lot of buzz...

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Maasai Have Always Cared For Wildlife

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2012 | 10:12 AM

Reprinted with permission from The Star, Kenya and

I'm awake at dawn as I was every day during my life in Loodariak, a Maasai community in the Great Rift Valley, 60 kilometers southeast of Nairobi, Kenya. I have never felt more connected to my environment...

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Free the Hikers: Testimony From Family, Friends, and Colleagues

(23) Comments | Posted February 6, 2011 | 9:25 PM

Today Josh and Shane's trial in Iran began in a court closed to the public. For the last week family, friends, and colleagues have been testifying to Shane and Josh's humanitarian deeds and good records at Here are some excerpts from those posts.

"I testify that my...

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