Hoda Mroue: Aga Khan International Fellowship Seminar Opens Hearts and Minds | Muslim Link

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

Hoda Mroue with Mr. Khalil Z. Shariff, Chief Executive Officer at AKFC (center) and Mr. Mohamed Fakhry Minister Plenipotentiary & Deputy Head of Mission for Egypt (right) at the Aga Khan Foundation Canada’s 25th Anniversary Celebration of the International Youth Fellowship Program. (Image Courtesy of Hoda Mroue)
Hoda Mroue with Mr. Khalil Z. Shariff, Chief Executive Officer at AKFC (center) and Mr. Mohamed Fakhry Minister Plenipotentiary & Deputy Head of Mission for Egypt (right) at the Aga Khan Foundation Canada’s 25th Anniversary Celebration of the International Youth Fellowship Program. (Image Courtesy of 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 MroueHoda 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

Via Muslim Link | Canada | Greater Toronto Area | Muslims of RIS 2014 | Hoda Mroue

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