Two-day Women of Inspiration event: Farah Mohamed and Maryam Tsegaye to headline

Fort McMurray (TBC)— Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta is excited to announce more details about the Women of Inspiration Virtual Celebration presented by Bouchier. 

Mosaic: Women of Inspiration Virtual Celebration, presented by Bouchier, celebrates and honours five outstanding women of this community on International Women’s Day 2021: Monday, March 8, 2021 (6:30-8:30pm).  

To highlight the ways in which we as global citizens can move forward to dismantle barriers and create a diverse, equitable and inclusive society for all, the event will be headlined by Farah Mohamed – Founder, G(irls)20 & Former CEO, Malala Fund.

Through compelling personal experience and lessons-learned, Farah inspires audiences to cultivate a better future. Of Indian heritage, Farah was born and raised in Uganda before her family was uprooted and sought refuge in Canada. She saw the need to change the way we engage both women and men and acted on it. She works tirelessly to engage the private sector and government leaders in a way that makes economic sense: to place girls and women at the heart of the economic decision making and yield the benefits in doing so.

To accompany our Women of Inspiration Virtual Celebration, we are offering a youth-specific, special mentoring event on Friday, March 12, 2021 (1-2pm), called “Women of Inspiration: Celebrating Tomorrow”. A free event for youth across the Wood Buffalo Region. 


The event will feature Maryam Tsegaye — a Fort McMurray student and the very first Canadian to win the Breakthrough Junior Challenge. The event will facilitate a casual yet meaningful peer-to-peer mentoring session for girls in the Wood Buffalo Region. The girls will be able to ‘see’ what they can ‘be’ by learning about Maryam’s journey through science, coupled with a Q&A session and a special interactive activity. 

“This two-day event will be quite unique, powerful and inspiring, just like a piece of ‘mosaic’.  Last year, we hosted our very first Women of Inspiration Gala where over 200 guests and partners were brought together to ‘shatter’ barriers and stereotypes – which raised more than $45,000,” says Nanase Tonda, Executive Director, Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta. “2020 has crystalized how each barrier is experienced differently depending on where and how you are situated. Building on this realization and with tremendous support from Bouchier, we hope to act towards a more diverse, equitable and inclusive society through this event by putting the shattered pieces back together, honouring inspiring women in our corners and celebrating the International Women’s Day 2021 in an innovative and engaging way.”

“Bouchier is thrilled to once again support the Women of Inspiration event. Empowering women is a passion for our CEO Nicole Bourque Bouchier, which is why this event is so important for us to support. It is so nice to see that this one of a kind event will be offered safely in the face of COVID, giving more people the opportunity to participate and celebrate the amazing women around us. It is an additional honour to host Farah Mohamed as our keynote speaker. Farah’s work to break through the barriers many women face in society is extremely inspiring and we can’t wait to hear from her,” says Leanne Hawco, Communications Specialist, Bouchier. 

Tickets for the virtual celebration can be purchased here. To register children for the Women of Inspiration: Celebrating Tomorrow event here

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