3 young women who are making a difference in Waterloo region

Hear how three young women are making a difference in their schools and communities for the advancement of women around the world.

CBC K-W spoke to EmJ Sewell, Hala Elkatrib and Lindsay Kirley to mark International Women's Day

Left to right: EmJ Sewell, a Grade 11 student at Jacob Hespeler Secondary School, CBC KW host Craig Norrisand Hala Elkatrib, a Grade 11 student from Sir John A. MacDonald. (Submitted by: Kylie Penticost)

To mark International Women's day, CBC K-W spoke with three young women who are making a difference in their schools and communities.

Hear from EmJ Sewell, a Grade 11 student at Jacob Hespeler Secondary School, Hala Elkatrib, a Grade 11 student from Sir John A. MacDonald and Lindsay Kirley, a Grade 6 student at Breslau Public School.
Lindsay Kirley is a Grade 6 student at Breslau Public School. (Kate Bueckert/ CBC)

Lindsay Kirley

Kirley actively researches women's rights and is interested in equity in the LBGTQ+2 community.

"I really like to make sure everybody feels and that they can feel good about themselves no matter what gender they are or race they are," she told CBC News. 

She hosted a social art event with her mother and sister that raised money to buy toys for the salvation army. She is also part of MetoWe and advocates for social justice.
Lindsay Kirley is part of a group of young women CBC K-W spoke to in light of International Women's Day. Listen to how she's making a difference in her school and community. 1:39

Hala Elkatrib

As a young black woman, Elkatrib wants to encourage better discussions in her classroom that explored the different points of view around race.

"I think I draw inspiration from everywhere," she told The Morning Edition's Craig Norris.

"I think you look at every person you ever meet and they give you inspiration. Even people who you might disagree with. You learn tolerance from that and that's inspiration right there."

In her community, she's known for organizing and running her school's first ever Black History month.
In honour of International Women's Day, CBC K-W spoke with EmJ Sewell and Hala Elkatrib, two high school students who are making a difference in their schools and communities. 7:36

EmJ Sewell 

Sewell is heavily involved at her school's girls empowerment club, which aims to get more girls involved in new activities.

"For me it's really important," Sewell told host Craig Norris. 

"You should always go and help someone and make sure they're getting those opportunities to be able to better themselves."

Last month, the club ran Women's Wellness Wednesday, where girls could try out different sports or dance. She also wants to help girls stay in sports. 

Sewell is also an advocate for her school's #metoo movement.