“Be an advocate for change by being inclusive, encouraging participation, and supporting people around you.”
2023 Top 30 Under 30
What specific issue(s) are you taking on, and what inspires you to do so?
I am most passionate about gender equality, which is a global challenge. I focus on the intersection within women’s identities, as the barriers that women face are specific to these intersections. Women’s nationalities, race and language, ability, or even appearance are all factors that may impact the opportunities that they get. I see the gender-based gaps that still exist in Canada and the disadvantages that women still face in decision-making and access to economic and social resources, and I am motivated to work for change.
How do you work to ensure inclusion and reduce inequalities in your everyday actions?
To ensure inclusion and reduce inequalities, I work towards challenging stereotypes, avoiding making assumptions and biases, and proactively seek educational resources to learn about current societal issues. Challenging stereotypes requires us to be self-aware and reflect on how our culture and social identity inform our own perspectives. Being inclusive in our daily lives also means using inclusive language that shows respect and value for the people whom we are speaking with. It is also important to encourage people on our teams to share their ideas, perspectives, and experiences by giving credit where it is due and recognizing people for the specific contributions that they make. It is also our responsibility to be more inclusive through active listening and learning.
What more needs to be done to reduce inequalities and ensure inclusive spaces for all people?
To reduce inequalities and ensure inclusive spaces, an intersectional approach needs to be adopted in policies, programs, and conversations as well as at an individual level. This begins with self-reflection and challenging our own biases and how they influence our interactions. As we reflect, we can talk daily about intersectionality with family, community members, and within our organizations. Within these conversations, we can interrogate the norms, values, and practices that are ingrained in culture, which contribute to the inequalities that those around us face.