Young women students in secondary school often feel limited due to the absence of visible role models in their immediate circles. This situation is further compounded by patriarchal limitations which can cause young women to narrow their horizons and to confine their aspirations to prescribed gender roles. By creating direct access to Sikh women leaders this conference sought to connect the younger generation to inspiring role models.
Teaming up with schools, SAFAR brings “Our Journeys,” to young women. It’s a free one-day event where they met and networked with Sikh women leaders. The Sikh women leaders were women who had already forged in-roads in their career paths. They provide mentoring advice and guidance, share their career pathways, and encourage goals and dreams for the next generation of Sikh women leaders. By their very presence, visibility and their experiential narratives, these Sikh women are a source of inspiration and motivation.
“Sharing Our Journeys—Planning for Success Conference,” by Mississauga Secondary School.
“Women Community Leaders Inspire Young Women at Peel Board Leadership Conference,” by Harpreet Kaur Neelam. Peel District School Board. November 18, 2013.