Raheel Raza is an award winning journalist, author, public speaker and activist for human rights.
Mrs. Raza came to speak to the residents and guests of Delmanor Northtown so they could hear her personal story of distinction and strength. Raheel has learned how to embrace diversity, even within her own family. She is not shy about discussing tough topics such as dignity in diversity, and gender equality. Growing up in a culture where women were supposed to “be seen and not heard”, Raza turned to writing at a young age and is a freelance journalist. Travelling extensively throughout the world, Raza brings a fresh global perspective to her mandate “there is unity in diversity”. Raza has spoken at places of worship, the private sector, the Justice Department, School Boards and government institutions.
An outspoken advocate for gender equality and an activist for women’s rights internationally, she has appeared many times in print, radio and television media to reveal and debate Canadian issues related to media, diversity, gender and immigrantion. Raza has received many awards for her work to build bridges of understanding. She is a recipient of the City of Toronto’s Constance Hamilton Award and is the first South Asian woman to narrate a CBC documentary on “Passionate Eye”. A fervent advocate for human rights, Raza is the first Muslim woman in Canada to lead mixed gender prayers.
Raheel feels at times there is a need to speak out in opposition, to extremism that is taking place in the world today. Through education and her active efforts she is trying to change political views.
We can all make a difference. When it seemed that in her early childhood that everything was against her, Raheel choose to take steps to actively achieve things that many people felt were beyond her capabilities. Today she is making a difference for now, and for many generations to come.
The residents, team members and guests at Delmanor Northtown were inspired and fascinated by Raheel’s lecture and by her astonishing accomplishments throughout her life. To learn about other interesting lectures and events coming to Delmanor Northtown, please contact Laurie Fortin or Keri Armstrong, Community Relations Managers at (416) 225-9146 or online at delmanor.com