Harjit Sajjan

Your member of parliament for


Vancouver South

Harjit Sajjan

Your member of parliament for


Vancouver South

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Equality Matters – International Women’s Day

On International Women’s Day, we thank and celebrate the achievements of the women who work with tireless determination every day to keep our community thriving. These are our mothers, daughters, sisters, friends, leaders, and coworkers, who are working hard as small business owners and CEOs; not-for-profit organizers; principals, teachers, and school board trustees; first-responders; taxi drivers; health care providers; artists; technicians; cashiers; and many more. But women in our community are still facing several obstacles in the face of inequality. We must work together to ensure greater equality for women.

Mustari Tumpa is one of these young women. I had the honour to meet her today thanks to Equal Voices-Daughter of the Vote. She represented Vancouver-South in the House of Commons sharing in an exchange of ideas of young women from across the country and exploring how to engage more women into all levels of political office in Canada.

Mustari is completing her final year of her undergraduate degree at UBC, majoring in Economics and Political Science. She is passionate about public health and poverty reduction-two important issues in Vancouver. She plans to be a welfare economist and bring more intersectional discussion to the public policy sphere.

She is active in the community as a member of the executive of Equal Voice UBC, Undergraduate Research Opportunities at UBC, and the Global Health Conference at UBC 2016. I look forward to continuing our conversation on how we can engage more women in politics and the intersectionality of barriers. This is not the last time we will see her in Parliament.