I think there is a lot of negativity out there in social media land. Feels like a lot of people competing with each other and I wanted to be apart of the woman a day project because I wanted to spread positivity and inspire others. Creating a network and community of inspirational women doing great things in our community. A place where we can celebrate our victories together, champion each other and lift each other up. A network of amazing women that supports each other. Women supporting women is a beautiful thing. I also am a huge believer in supporting local businesses so it’s a great way to showcase some female run companies/businesses in our area.
My desire for writing started when I was a teenager growing up in a small village in the eastern part of Ghana. At the time there was only one primary and Middle school in the village owned by the Catholic mission. The very first piece I wrote was a poem titled Mama. I was inspired to write that poem when my mom insulted my best friend Kofi, accusing him of having sexual affair with me which was not true. Since then, I have written many more poems, drama, inspirational and children’s stories. I must say that growing up as an African child with a strong background in oral tradition, I tell more stories than those that have found themselves on prints and online platforms.
It is important to give honor where honor is due and to recognize greatness when ever we interact with it. In this city, there cannot be a greater advocate of women than Sharon Ali. Through her weekly interviews- Through the Eyes of a Woman – she gives a platform and a voice to women across the city.
Amal Mohamud is a first-generation Somali Canadian who is breaking barriers through her media work in Canada. Amal has worked with OMNI Alberta and AMI Accessible Media as an independent producer. She began her career volunteering for Shaw TV Edmonton’s community program in 2015. In recent years, Amal has developed her writing, producing, directing skills and has quickly become a voice of her generation, winning three community awards for highlighting the stories of marginalized communities and underrepresented voices in Canada.