Dr. Monia Mazigh
The Warrior of Justice
Dr. Monia Mazigh moved to Canada from Tunisia in 1991, first to Montreal, and then to Ottawa in 1997 with her husband, Maher Arar. She has a daughter and a son. She received a PhD in Finance from McGill University and has worked as a research assistant at the University of Ottawa, a finance manager in a small business, a French language instructor and researcher for the Caucus services of the New Democratic Party. She is fluent in French, English and Arabic. Dr. Mazigh became a passionate advocate for human rights in 2002 when Maher Arar was deported to Syria by US authorities. She mounted an extensive campaign to bring her husband home, and then successfully pressured the government to call a public inquiry into his deportation. In the 2004 Federal Election, Dr. Mazigh unsuccessfully ran in Ottawa South public office. Her leadership and dedication garnered her nomination as The Globe and Mail’s 2003 “Nation-builder of the year.” Dr. Mazigh was selected as one of the Canadian heroes by the Time Magazine in June 2004. In 2006, she worked as an assistant professor at the School of Business and Economics at Thompson Rivers University, B.C. In 2008, she published her memoir Hope and Despair: My struggle to free my husband Maher Arar. She lives in Ottawa with her husband and two children.