Eraj Waqar | Toronto, Ontario
Eraj is a community-based leader, active volunteer in the community, and an advocate for women’s rights, mental health, and youth-related issues. Eraj has completed a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Guelph and a diploma in International Business from Humber College. Eraj is currently working for a not-for-profit organization that provides settlement services to newcomers to Canada. Throughout her career, Eraj has worked in different sectors, ranging from education, government to not-for-profits, and has volunteered with organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel, World Vision, Volunteer MBC, and Achēv.
With the ICN Youth Delegation program, Eraj hopes to gain more public engagement experience and take part in issues that impact different communities in Canada to develop a useful skill set and sense of empowerment necessary to become an active citizen in society.
In her spare time, Eraj enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, cooking, traveling, and writing.
About Equal Voice's Daughter of the Vote
Eraj was selected as a delegate to represent the riding of Brampton South at the House of Commons on behalf of Equal Voice’s Daughter of the Vote (DOV) program, which is a political summit that took place March 5 – 8, 2021. The DOV program brought together young women and gender-diverse youth from across Canada where all the delegates engaged in the formal political sphere and gained insights through workshops, conferences and events to get inspired and continue to contribute to their local communities in the years and decades to come.
Eraj, as part of her PE activity, hosted a roundtable discussion focused on discussing issues affecting women in Canada and around the world and ways to rectify the issues. Panelists shared their experiences on the current state of gender equality and inclusion.