The Honourable Maryam Monsef MP
Minister of Status of Women
Represents the riding of Peterborough–Kawartha
Minister Maryam Monsef was elected to the House of Commons in October of 2015, representing the riding of Peterborough-Kawartha, the first woman to represent her riding in Ottawa. She served as Minister for Democratic Institutions before taking on her responsibilities as Minister of Status of Women in 2017.
As Minister of Status of Women, she is informed by her years as a volunteer and community organizer. She was the Vice President of the YWCA in her riding and served as director on various boards and committees working to advance social and economic justice.
She maintained her connection with her roots by co-founding the Red Pashmina Campaign, which empowers the women of Afghanistan through education.
She worked at both Fleming College and her Alma Mater, University of Trent, and brings to Parliament the belief that when we improve conditions for women and children, communities thrive.
Minister Monsef is now leading the federal government’s efforts to ensure all women, girls, and gender non-conforming people have the opportunity to succeed in Canada.
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