Meet Sola, Our New Practicum Student!

Tell us a bit about yourself!

My name is Sola and I’m a summer practicum student here at the Women’s Centre. I am currently studying for my Bachelor of Social Work at the University of Manitoba. When I’m not planning for my next activity, or event with my family, I try to find a balance between personal development, work, family life. While some days I get the hang of it other days I’m becoming

What is your personal definition of feminism?

Feminism to me means “I’m every woman”. It means inclusion for every woman to feel empowered to be whatever they desire to be and be successful. Women have been overlooked in many aspects of society  and quite often have succumb to the stereotype of what a being a woman is. However, women across the globe are redefining what it means to be a woman independently and be acknowledged.

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

My practicum! I spent some time looking for an organization that supported people positively and impacted change in the community. The Women’s Centre provides a space for diverse women from different intersections to meet in a place that belongs to every woman. When they converge there is reciprocity involved, which contributes to community building.

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

The Women’s Centre tackles systemic issues, such as poverty, and how that impacts lives in the community. The work for change focus of the Centre is dedicated to informing women about social issues and creating social change. Women are still facing barriers to equity and participation in society. The Women’s Centre addresses issues that are prevalent in society especially among women affected by poverty. I’m hoping to see more of a lifespan approach that is geared toward providing resources to combat ageism in women.

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

A lot of influential women have inspired my journey. With each successor contributing a little more to my process. However, the focus of inspiration lies with everyday women who are determined to make the best of life. I admire women who make every day count by going the extra mile, and who live their best life and still embody being a woman.

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