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Arezoo Najibzadeh

Executive Director

Arezoo is a leading voice on women's civic and political participation. With more than 5 years of experience in grassroots and institutional politics, her work takes an intersectional approach to understanding the role of young women and girls in shaping Canada's political landscape and decision-making. Arezoo's work focuses on the intersections of sexual violence, public safety, and women’s civic engagement.

Email: arezoo@ywln.ca

Ally Freedman

Project Coordinator

Ally Freedman is a sixth-generation young Métis woman with roots dating back to 1812 in Red River (Manitoba); present day Winnipeg. A recent graduate from Carleton University, (BA Honours - Political Science with a concentration in International Relations), she is a passionate defender of Indigenous rights and equality for all peoples. Ally has contribute in many aspects to promote diversity and inclusion for women, Indigenous peoples, and other marginalized groups in politics. She is a powerful young woman who uses her voice to amplify the voices that are far too often ignored, especially the voices of Indigenous women. Ally was one of the 338 Daughters of the Vote and was selected to be the delegate for Ottawa Centre. She currently serves as the only Indigenous member on the Ottawa Youth Engagement Committee - which is a volunteer position. In that role she strives to make Ottawa a better place for youth, especially Indigenous and racialized youth.

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Yasmin Rajabi

Yasmin has a background in public policy and city building. She currently works as a facilitator connecting local communities, special interests and governments to create innovative policy solutions.

She is an advocate and community organizer working on issues of youth political engagement, women's rights and food justice. Yasmin strongly believes in the importance of an anti-colonial and intersectional lens in doing feminist work.

Email: yasmin@ywln.ca

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Viktoria Belle

Project Manager, It's Time

Viktoria is the founder of The Dandelion Initiative, a non-profit organization led by survivors for survivors. Viktoria has built a foundation of community activism and education on the principles of equity, integrated anti-oppression, feminism and trauma informed practices. She sits on different roundtables and has contributed to over 10 major publications and research projects. In her role as the project manager for YWLN’s sexual violence prevention & education program, It’s Time, Viktoria oversees the creation, delivery, and evaluation of a variety of resources aimed at addressing gender-based barriers, specifically sexual violence, against women in politics.

Email: viktoria@ywln.ca