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AREZOO NAJIBZADEH

Arezoo Najibzadeh is a Muslim Iranian woman living in Toronto, Ontario. Arezoo offers speaking, research, and training services as a sole proprietor, independent consultant. For information and pricing, please contact her directly.

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QUICK INFORMATION

HERE'S A QUICK OVERVIEW OF THEIR PROFILE.

PRONOUNS

She / Her

IDENTITIES

Muslim Iranian, Woman, Youth

LOCATION

Toronto, Ontario

LANGUAGE

English, Persian

EXPERTISE

Anti-racism workshops and audits, Sexual Assault/Harrassment awareness and training, Community care and mental wellness, Politics, governance, and policy
Inclusive and intersectional leadership, Equity and inclusion, Youth engagement

PAST WORK

YWCA Hamilton, Ontario NDP, Ontario Greens, Girls' Action Foundation, Hart House Centennial Anniversary, Luminato Festival, Hot Docs Festival

Founder + Managing Director

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She / Her

Pronouns

English, French

Language(s)

Mohistikinis (Calgary, Alberta)

Base Territory

A SHORT BIOGRAPHY

GET TO KNOW THEM A BIT BETTER.

Arezoo Najibzadeh is a rising voice for women’s civic and political participation in Canada. As co-founder of Young Women’s Leadership Network (YWLN), she works with young women leaders and civic institutions to identify and address barriers to young women’s engagement and success within grassroots and institutional politics.

Arezoo is focused on redefining leadership to reflect the many ways in which marginalied young women are shaping and and changing communities in Canada. Through anti-oppressive and intersectional practive, Arezoo builds leadership capacity among young women in leadership, and works with civic, private, and non-profit institutions to create spaces where young women can thrive.

As a consultant and personal coach, Arezoo regularly works with millennial candidates in municipal and provincial politics to centre mental wellness and authenticity on the campaign trail, on top of providing strategic communications and fundraising advice.

As a resounding voice for issues impacting young women and girls, Arezoo is regularly consulted to lend her expertise and perspective. Most recently, she was on the House of Commons Standing Committee on the Status of Women, the World Forum for Democracy and the Platform Women Convention.

In addition to her work at YWLN, Arezoo is a 2020 fellow at the Muslim Youth Fellowship and an Advising Leader to the Female Laboratory of Innovative Knowledge (FLIK).

Arezoo is boldly challenging systemic barriers in her quest to improve the experiences of young women, girls and gender-diverse youth in politics and leadership.

INTERVIEW

BEYOND THE BIOGRAPHY Q+A.

How does your lived experience and identity contribute to your qualification as a service deliverer?

Lived experience brings a unique voice to the conversation, having the opportunity to learn from someone who has endure, grew through struggle or has over come challenges closes the gap between learner/knowledge maker and teacher/knowledge keeper. the struggels i've overcome and challenges I have face are not unique and I feel that is what is important to show that, i was just young indigenous girl form the rez who grew up in such a disfuctional life of abuse, acholo and drugs, to droping out of highschool only to use these challenges i've faced to uplift me to break cycles for myself, my family and my children.

How does your institutional and non-institutional education contribute to your qualification as a service deliverer?

I've been a language learner since the age of 8 years old, I acknowledge i'm very blessed to have grown up in my traditional home lands to learn my language, culture and traditions. there are many knowledge keepers in my life that i continue to learn from.since growing up in community I've only worked for Indigenous Organizations/business and these experience has been a huge factor in why i wanted to be the first in my family to attend university. I am in my second year of my undergraduate program, BA in Sociology and Political Science.

How do you advance climate justice and equity through your services?

My experience and UN young leader for the Sustainable Development Goals has taught me a lot and i use those teaching and intertwine them in my advocacy work.

What does it mean to you to act as a future ancestor?

It means being accountable to my children, my nieces and nephews, and my future grandchild. Its acknowledging my responsibility as a future grandmother, and matriarch that it is my role hold space and create space for healthy sustainable change.

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