Women’s Centre Welcomes Tahira

Join us in welcoming the Women’s Centre’s new Education Program Coordinator, Tahira Ebrahim.

Tell us a bit about yourself…

My academic, volunteer, and professional background is mainly grounded in my interest in education. I just completed my degree in Education at the University of Toronto before coming to the Women’s Centre. My volunteer experience has mainly been with the experiences of immigrant women, as well as immigrant youth.

What brought you to the Women’s Centre of Calgary?

When I arrived back in Calgary I was seeking a place to work that was meaningful, an organization that empowered individuals, and was grounded in change.

First impression of the Women’s Centre?

Welcoming. Everyone is willing to help out.  Those who are assisted also assist others. There is a communal sense of support at the WC.

Describe a woman who you admire and/or has influenced your life

My mother, grandmother and sister are all women who have inspired me.  I am grateful to have had the opportunity to be surrounded by such inspirational women that are so close to me.

What is your personal definition of ‘feminism’?

For me, feminism is about achieving harmony. Social structures in our society have created the disunity, separation, and marginalization of women. I believe feminism is a means through which we can create common understanding, respect, and altruism between men and women.

Favorite book/movie/TV show

Like Stars on Earth is a film from India, surrounding a dyslexic boy and the social and familial as well as academic challenges that he faces. The story highlights the opportunities that arise when a new teacher arrives at his school who was once also challenged by a learning exceptionality. A moving, heartwarming story that is highly recommended!

What is one thing you hope to learn at the Women’s Centre?

What I love about the WC is meeting individuals who possess such different stories from one another but each with their own testimonies of strength and endurance. From my experience so far, every day I leave the WC feeling a little bit more enlightened and aware than when I came in that morning. I hope to continually learn from the women that I have the privilege to talk to and spend time with.

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