Almas Jiwani: “F e M a L e – Feminine first, Mothers second and Leaders foremost

1. You are a worldwide recognized women’s leader, your words and deeds inspire not only women but people in general to move forward towards a world, where freedom and equality are not only abstract notions, but the fundamental elements of society. You say that the women’s empowerment movement is a collective action that begins with the power of one. And your work is a perfect proof that it really is. Why did you decide to dedicate your life to improve women’s conditions around the world?

When I immigrated to Canada from Africa in my early teens, I noticed that many communities had apathetic attitude towards women and did not allow them an environment for their intellectual and social growth. It was during these times, that I witnessed the work of Aga Khan IV to change this general disempowering attitude various communities held towards girls and women. I also realized the importance of making a difference in the lives of the underprivileged, alleviating poverty, and uplifting women in society. This realization inspired me to begin volunteering with initiatives to promote women and to advocate for their empowerment.

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