Each year the program sends young Canadians to spend 8 months in either Africa or Asia to work with agencies and partners of the Aga Khan Development Network.
I will be spending eight months in Cairo, Egypt working with the Aga Khan Foundation on various projects.
I completed a month-long international development seminar with the Aga Khan International Fellowship Program.
I’d like to thank the Aga Khan Foundation Canada for the incredible experience so far. Come August, I hope to expand my horizons in Egypt!
– Hoda Mroue
Aga Khan International Fellowship Seminar Opens Hearts and Minds
by Hoda Mroue Published in Our Challenges – Muslim Link. Published July 26, 2014
We had several facilitators with exceptional backgrounds prepare us for our overseas placement. Some of the most memorable sessions were on intercultural effectiveness, results-based management, incorporating gender, rural development, micro enterprise and personal well-being and resilience. The sessions were also very practical, involving lots of real-world activities and collaborative group work.
During that month, I lived in residence at Carleton University with 22 admirable fellows from across Canada. Everyone brought unique experiences and perspectives to our discussions. We participated in a very open-minded space, and as a Muslim woman this empowered me to contribute my perspective on subjects such as female genital mutilation, child marriage, and other issues often associated with Islamic culture that I stand firmly against.
As the only hijab-wearing Muslim woman in the room, I also attracted all sorts of curious questions from a group of 19 women and three men:
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About Hoda Mroue
Hoda Mroue is a project support fellow based in Cairo, Egypt with the Aga Khan Foundation.
Hoda obtained a Master’s degree in Political Science and International Development Studies from the University of Guelph in 2013.
She has interned and worked for various non-profit organizations in the US and Canada such as Nike Foundation, World Pulse, and the National Council on Canada-Arab Relations.
She has also interned on Parliament Hill in the office of former NDP leader Alexa McDonough.
Follow her on twitter @hodamroue
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