Tell us a bit about yourself!

I was born and raised in Calgary, although my family is originally from Egypt and I grew up with a very proud fusion of both the Canadian and Egyptian culture! I am a mom to a 7 year old son. My background is mostly counselling in the field of domestic violence.

What is your personal definition of feminism?

My personal definition of feminism is the advocacy for equal rights. It is working towards women’s equality so that gender is not a barrier towards women achieving their goals.

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

I wanted a change from the traditional counselling setting and the reputation of the Women’s Centre and what the organization values attracted me to the Centre.

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

I hope I can learn added values and skill sets in order to support women facing challenges in life. I’d like to learn how women helping women can really change the system.

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

My mother! She has always advocated that we become independent. Although she came from a culture that emphasized marriage and allowing the man to take the lead, she ensured that she equipped my sister and I with the tools and resources to be able to depend on ourselves. I have also watched her cheer on her friends and encourage them to take steps towards independence such as learning to drive, having their own bank accounts, going to school, etc.

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