Two African women – International student from Ghana and founder of Raising Generation, Abigail Zita Seshie, and CBC reporter, Omayra Issa are among 60 inspiring women nominated for the YWCA Saskatoon Women of Distinction Awards.
The Annual YWCA Women of Distinction Awards are a celebration of the best in women’s achievements, across industry, culture and public service, honoring ordinary women for their extraordinary contributions to the Saskatoon community.
The award will be presented at Women of Distinction, “Women Shine” Gala on 14 May 2019 at TCU Place.
Read their profiles below
Omayra Issa, born in Morocco, raised in Niger, emigrated to Saskatoon in 2003. Fluent in five languages, she holds a degree in Economics & English literature from the University of Alberta. She works for the CBC/Radio-Canada and covers news and investigates a range of stories for a national audience ranging from issues relevant to Indigenous communities and marginalized voices. She recently published “Loving Openly: sharing Pride at an intersection of identities” about her perspective as a gay, immigrant, black Muslim woman in western Canada. It was a conversation starter about race, gender, sexuality, and social engagement.
Abigail Zita Seshie
Abigail Zita Seshie is an international student from Ghana. She moved to Canada in 2012 to pursue a Master’s Degree in Social Justice and Equity Studies at Brock University. Later she enrolled at the U of S Sociology department for her doctorate. Zita’s research interest includes Gender, Social Policy and International Development. Her recent personal project emphasized the need to address girl’s education in sub-Saharan Africa and to provide learning materials for children, especially girls in rural communities. Her work has attracted recognition, including the Canadian Federation of University Women’s award, the Graduate Student’s Association Excellence in Community Service Award, and the Department of Sociology Graduate Award for Community engagement.
See the full list of nominees here.