Tell us a bit about yourself!

Hello! My name is Era. I was born and raised in Kathmandu, Nepal and also grew up in Calgary! I have a BA in Sociology from University of Calgary and I have been working in Afterschool Programs for over four years. I identified myself a feminist at 16 years of age and since then I aspire to talk, discuss and learn more about feminism and support communities as I go. I enjoy exploring new cities and learning languages! Recently, I have been interested in container gardening and I’ve filled my music playlist full random songs in a variety of languages.

What is your personal definition of feminism?

My personal definition of feminism is equal rights and responsibilities for all. I do recognize that intersectionality plays a big role in an individual’s life and their experiences with societal institutions differ accordingly; therefore, I believe it is important to address inequalities and empower individuals to make informed choices for themselves.

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

I have wanted to work with women-centric programs for quite some time. There is a saying that goes “an empowered woman empowers the village”. I want to support women in our communities early on so that they can persevere and develop their full potential to accomplish anything and everything for themselves and others they choose to support.

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

I hope to learn more about the Community Capacity Building Peer Model, issues women face, and how we can actively help.

Describe a woman who you admire or who has influenced your life?

My mother is the one who I admire the most. She has always been a working mom, an accomplished journalist, an educator and an entrepreneur. She always challenges me to look at different perspectives before making judgments or decisions and follow through with my dreams and ambitions. Her unconditional love and support has made me the confident person I am today. (Thanks Mom 🙂 )

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