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Celebrating Black Women in Politics

  • Samara Centre for Democracy 33 Prince Arthur Avenue Toronto, ON, M5R 1B2 Canada (map)

Running for office and working in politics can be draining, difficult work. Rarely do we celebrate and recognize the women who make the sacrifice and step up to champion a better future. We’re carving out time to do just that.

Join us on Tuesday, February 26th as we discuss the highs and lows of running for office, being a Black woman in Toronto politics, and dismantling the systems that make politics so difficult to penetrate. This conversation will feature Tiffany Ford, Edna Ali, Samiya Abdi, and be moderated by Rudayna Bahubeshi.

Edna Ali

Civic engagement, particularly where it concerns communities systematically left out civic spaces, is something close to Edna's heart. This has led her to do work around leadership capacity building for young people and anti-oppressive city-building with institutions like the City of Toronto, organizations like the Canadian Council of Muslim Women, and community-based initiatives in her community of Etobicoke-York.  

As Executive Director of the Toronto Youth Cabinet, Edna is responsible for the management of the Leadership Team and the organization as a whole. In her role as Executive Director, Edna fosters inclusive leadership among her peers to empower and mentor diverse youth to become leaders in their own right. She also works to create and improve critical youth relationships across institutions including the Toronto Transit Commission, Toronto District School Board and Toronto Public Health.

Tiffany Ford

Tiffany Ford is deeply passionate about her community, supporting youth, and advocating for tangible differences that result in better opportunities for all. She holds a double honours Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Sociology from York University and is on track to gaining an Executive MBA in 2020. She is a successful entrepreneur and has initiated multiple start-ups. In 2016, Tiffany founded Beyond “at Risk”, a non-profit dismantling reductive and harmful narratives about marginalized youth and enhancing their skills through meaningful programming. Tiffany Ford served as a TDSB School Board Trustee from 2014-2018 and ran for city council in 2018. Currently, Tiffany is focused on political advocacy work and developing campaigns for clients under her company the Ford Global Group.

Samiya Abdi

Samiya Abdi holds a master's degree in Public Health and Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation and Systems Thinking. Her experience spans from co-creating creative local community engagement programs such as The Muslim Youth Political Fellowship to co-founding international movements such as the Somali Gender Equality Movement and Famine resistors.

Samiya has managed multimillion dollar projects within the corporate sector as well as led provincial health care initiatives.  Samiya is the winner of The Lori Chow Award for exceptional leadership in health promotion. The winner of the 2018 Woman of the Year Award, by The Federation of Muslim Women, and the MAX Woman of the Year Award.  Furthermore, Samiya has been recognized for her contributions to city building and social activism.

Samiya is a mother a community transformer and a proud Scarborite

*This event is open to all self-identifying women, trans-femme and non-binary folks.

**TTC tokens and refreshments will be provided.

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