3 young women who are making a difference in Waterloo region
CBC K-W spoke to EmJ Sewell, Hala Elkatrib and Lindsay Kirley to mark International Women's Day
To mark International Women's day, CBC K-W spoke with three young women who are making a difference in their schools and communities.
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.
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."
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.