When she was 23 years old, Mobina Jaffer was forced into exile from Uganda and became a refugee. Decades later she returned to her first home as a senator of her second home. Since 2001 Mobina Jaffer has represented the province of British Columbia in the Canadian Senate. She is also the Senate’s first Muslim, first African-born and first senator of South Asian descent.
Since her appointment in 2001, she has been a steadfast champion of the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda, often a reminder to the world that in 2000 Canada had been a leading voice in the UN Security Council and a pioneer on the global stage.
To commemorate International Women’s Day, ICAN’s Peace Heroes series honors Senator Jaffer, whose life and career capture the spirit and essence of the day.