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Silmy Abdullah

Author, Lawyer, Public Speaker

My Story

I am an author and lawyer based in Toronto, Canada. I was born in Bangladesh, and lived in Saudi Arabia for twelve years before I immigrated to Canada with my family at the age of fourteen. The diversity of my experiences and my multiple identities as a South Asian Canadian Muslim woman contribute to the richness in my life, complete with fulfillment and challenges. As an author, I write primarily about this hyphenated existence, what it means to have multiple, intersecting identities, and to have a fluid sense of home.  Serendipitously, my career as a lawyer has also become centred around serving racialized, immigrant communities, particularly women. 

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My Work

Check out the stuff I've written, including my debut collection of short stories, "Home of the Floating Lily"

Learn about my consulting work on gender equality, anti-racism and access to justice

Learn about my talks on various topics, including my recent keynote address