Miranda Gallo is currently a Research Analyst and Campaigns Coordinator with Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME). Miranda holds a BA in World Islamic and Middle East Studies with a minor in History from McGill University. She is primarily interested in Middle Eastern history, politics, religion and gender issues, to which she often takes an intersectional feminist approach. She has researched topics as diverse as women and resistance; Islam and politics in Africa; and sexuality, religion and gender. In addition, Miranda has worked with several different NGOs, both in the Middle East, and in Canada. Most of her work is focused on advocating for human rights as they relate to Canada and the Middle East, as well as the rights of indigenous peoples around the world.
See Miranda Gallo's articles below:
Trudeau's "Feminism" Just Ain't Cutting It (Mar 08, 2019)
This article was originally published on March 8, 2019 on Rabble Canada.
This International Women's Day 2019, I cannot help but wonder what publicity stunt our "feminist" Prime Minister is sure to pull this year. Amidst revelations of alleged political interference on the SNC-Lavalin file, and the bullying of Former Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, our "feminist" Prime Minister's true colours are beginning to show – and they aren't the bright pink hues he has sported in the past....
The Conservatives' Jerusalem Promise Is Scheer Madness (Mar 05, 2018)
This article was originally published on March 05, 2018 on Huffington Post Canada.
Last week, news broke that Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer promised to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital if elected in 2019. Following in United States president Donald Trump's footsteps, Scheer chose to disregard decades of international law and consensus, proclaiming, "Jerusalem is the capital of Israel."
It doesn't seem to matter to Scheer that dozens of human rights organizations, including Amnesty International, have strongly condemned Trump's Jerusalem's decision as "reckless" and "provocative." It also doesn't seem to matter to Scheer that the majority of the world has agreed that altering the status of Jerusalem is unacceptable. Scheer's inflammatory Jerusalem promise lacks the principle and balance that we expect from experienced political representatives....
This article was originally published on February 07, 2018 on Huffington Post Canada.
Since 2012, Canada has witnessed a surge in anti-Muslim attitudes and incidents, culminating in the Quebec City mosque attack on Jan. 29, 2017, that left six Muslims dead, and 19 injured. Following the attack, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to support Muslims in Canada and asserted, "We will defend you ... and we will stand up for you."
M-103, a motion introduced last February by Liberal Member of Parliament Iqra Khalid, charged the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage to conduct a study on how to reduce or eliminate systemic racism and religious discrimination, including Islamophobia, in Canada. On February 1, nearly two years after almost 70,000 Canadians called on the government to condemn Islamophobia in parliamentary ePetition e-411, the M-103 report and recommendations were finally released to the public....
Bill 62: Colonialism 101 (Nov 15, 2017)
This article was originally published on November 10, 2017 on Huffington Post.
Quebec recently passed Bill 62, a discriminatory law that restricts individuals from covering their faces when receiving government services. While many Quebeckers and Canadians across the country have expressed outrage at the blatantly Islamophobic nature of this bill, this Islamophobia is inherently connected to a much larger, disturbing phenomenon – that of colonialism. ...
Israel is Being Singled Out – For Favouritism (Sep 19, 2017)
This past June, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley slammed the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for “singling out Israel” for criticism. This is not a new line: the “singling out Israel” accusation is a decades-old tactic that Israel’s proponents use almost any time that Israel is challenged on its human rights record. The rise of the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement calling for economic pressure on Israel for its human rights violations has only amplified the use of this evasive tactic....