2016 IW Winners

Essay Scholarship - Sudbury

Fatima Bagha

Fatima Bagha

Fatima Bagha is motivated to make something of herself, and draws inspiration from other women.

Bagha explored the work of these women in her essay, “The Changing Role of Women,” which is the recipient of the Young Influential Women’s Essay Scholarship this year. “Influential women are very important because they inspire more women to become great and to try their best to achieve whatever they aspire to,” said Bagha. “Some women have broken boundaries and that alone allows a huge number of women to pursue their own goals.”

Bagha is in her final year at Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School in Sudbury. She learned about some of the historical boundary breakers in Canada when she studied the suffragette movement.

“One of my greatest inspirations when I was younger was Nellie McClung, because of all the hard work she did. She started things; she got women the right to vote,” said Bagha.

Bagha said that growing up today, she is grateful that she hasn’t faced the same barriers as women like McClung did, or even her mother, a mere generation before.

“I’ve never really experienced not being encouraged to pursue my careers or aspirations because I’m a woman, but it did affect my mom when she was young. She was never expected to pursue a career. I’m encouraged and expected to succeed,” said Bagha.

“That just shows how much Canada and the world has progressed in such a short time.”

The third of four children, Bagha was born and raised by Kenyan parents in Sudbury. Her mother raised the children, but now spends her days training to become a veterinary technician.

“My mom also decided it’s never too late and she pursued a career she always wanted to try,” said Bagha. “That inspired me.”

When Bagha graduates, she plans to go to the University of Guelph in the fall to study arts and sciences, and her goal is to become a doctor and head to Kenya to put her skills to work.

“We’ve been there. I want to help people who don’t have access to the same health care as people do here and to use the education system in Canada,” said Bagha.

“I also want to be an influential woman who can inspire young women,” said Bagha. “Hopefully I can inspire more women to do the same.”

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