This Monday’s morning muse is the one and only Farah Mohamed! Farah Mohamed is the President and Chief Empowerment Officer of her organization “G(irls) 20“ which is basically the coolest thing we have ever heard of.
Farah Mohamed “was born and raised in Uganda until 1972 when Idi Amin ordered the expulsion of Indian Ugandans, giving them 90 days to leave Uganda. Her father, mother and sister sought refuge in Canada“ (Women of Influence). Farah went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree from Queen’s University and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario focusing on Political Science. Farah Mohamed’s early political career began with working alongside some of Canada’s senior politicians in the capital. Mohamed’s career started with her time working with Paddy Torsney in 1995. She then went on to serve as the director of communications for Anne McLellan during her time as Minister of Justice. Farah Mohamed also spent time serving as the Minister of Health and Deputy Prime Minister of Canada.
G(irls) 20 was launched in 2009 at the Clinton Global Initiative and “places girls and women at the heart of economic decision making process by advancing the idea that by increasing female labour force participation will generate growth, stabilize communities and countries and lead to social innovation.” This annual event brings together young women between the ages 18 and 20 and generates recommendations that are then presented to G20 leaders with a global Summit that concludes the conference. This Canadian based initiative follows the structure of the G20 summit wherein one delegate from each G20 country plus a representative from the European & African Unions, Afghanistan, Pakistan and the MENA region attends the conference.
There is nothing we love more than badass ladies helping to create MORE badass ladies and that is exactly what Farah Mohamed is doing through G(irls) 20. Aside from the Summit, G(irls) 20 also organizes global mentorships/ coaching, delegate-led social profit ventures, Fathers Empowering Daughters, and Bootcamp for Brains and Girls on Boards (coming 2016).
Going through all of Farah Mohamed accomplishments makes it clear why she was named in Canada’s Top 25 Most Influential Women, Top 40 over 40 in USA, and BBC’s 100 Women for 2014. She has also been awarded the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant (2014) and the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2013).
Besides all of the wonderful work she has done through G(irls) 20, Farah Mohamed has also impressively climbed the summit of MOUNT KILIMANJARO. Can you believe it? We can. Mohamed’s climb raised $21,000 for the Canadian Liver Foundation and the Victorian Oder of Nurses (Canada’s largest national, not-for-profit, charitable home and community care org.) of which she was formerly the vice President of Public Affairs.
So I guess what we’re really trying to say is WHY DOES SHE NOT HAVE A BLUE CHECKMARK ON TWITTER ALREADY?!