About WEW

Women Empowering Women (WEW) is a student group founded on the principles of education, advocacy and fundraising. WEW aims to raise awareness on issues of women fleeing domestic violence, poverty, homelessness or seeking asylum. We aim to promote wellness, empowerment, and self-sufficiency among vulnerable members of our community.

Research shows that immigrant and refugee women who endure gender-based violence and domestic abuse face particular barriers that make it harder to reach out for support. 

WEW works collaboratively with Nisa Homes Edmonton Chapter to support vulnerable immigrant and refugee women starting by raising awareness at the U of A, focusing on community engagement with a goal of raising awareness, recognizing, and challenging gender-based violence within the immigrant and refugee community and supporting survivors.

Why Nisa Homes?»

Land Declaration

WEW respectfully acknowledges that our student group is located in Amiskwaciwâskahikan (colonially known as Edmonton, Alberta), territory of the Papaschase and homeland of the Métis, on Treaty 6 territory. We respect the histories, languages, and cultures of First Nations, Métis, Inuit, and all First Peoples whose presence continues to enrich our vibrant community.

Meet the Team

Umaima Mirza

President

I’m in my 4th year of a psych and French degree and am so excited to say au revoir to uni in the winter semester. We have a phenomenal year ahead of us thanks to a passionate team of girls, and I can’t wait to see what we’ll accomplish in WEW’s second year! Besides WEW, I love baking, caffeine, podcasts, and meeting new people!

Jessica Zhang

VP of Content

I’m in my final year of Psych Specialization. I am thrilled to be this year’s VP of Content, working alongside amazing writers. I am most looking forward to creating more collaborative platforms to further amplify education, wellness and advocacy. Fun fact about me is that I was once in marching band! Music has, and continues to be central to my life.

Sarah Kenyon

VP Internal

I am in my 4th year at UofA studying women’s and gender studies with minors in sociology and history! I am so excited to be working with my committee to continue making WEW an empowering space and facilitating connections between members. Aside from being a part of WEW, I love going for walks, travelling, shopping, plants, and coffee!

Ipinu Fatokun

Director of Volunteers

I am going into my 4th year of Neuroscience. I’m excited to continue working with WEW to stabilize the structure of the club to make sure we can accomplish our goals for the year. After being part of WEW for a full year now, Im also excited to get to work with the newer exec members to ensure our club runs smoothly! When I’m not sleeping, I enjoy reading and Netflix.

Kayle Lowe

VP of Education

Hi! My name is Kayle and I’m going into my fourth year of neuroscience at UofA. This year, I’m really excited to bring some new initiatives to the education committee that showcase Nisa Homes, and I’m excited to do this alongside the directors. In my spare time, I love spending money on plants, going for long walks, and snowboarding.

Benazeer Panhwer

Director of Education

I am in my 4th year at UofA studying women’s and gender studies with minors in sociology and history! I am so excited to be working with my committee to continue making WEW an empowering space and facilitating connections between members. Aside from being a part of WEW, I love going for walks, travelling, shopping, plants, and coffee!

Madihah Khan

Director of Education

I am one of the Directors of Education and am in my second year of BSc in Neuroscience. I’m so excited to work on the Education committee to raise awareness to challenges faced within the community and emphasizing neglected issues. I like to spend my time going on adventures with friends, long walks and baking!

Yeganeh Molazem

VP of Finance

Hey everyone! I’m going into my third year of studies at the University of Alberta. A fun fact about me is that I grew up in London, England. I’m really excited to work with our wonderful team to put together more truly amazing events, fundraisers, educational posts, blogs, podcasts & so much more! I am so thrilled for everything we have in store, so be sure to keep an eye out!!

Sumaiya Salsabil

Director of Finance

I’m going into my third year at the UofA doing a double major in psychology and computer science. I’m really excited to be working alongside this amazing group of people and to raise some funds for NISA homes with the rest of the Finance Committee! In my free time, I love binging Netflix, boxing, and rollerskating! 

Manahil Sharif

VP of Events

Hi, My name is Manahil and I am the VP Events at WEW. I am in my fourth year of psychology specialization at the University of Alberta. I am super excited to come up with creative and fun events with my amazing director and fundraising money for Nisa homes. A fun fact about myself is that I love pineapple on pizza (controversial I know)

Laeba Rehman

VP External

My name is Laeba Rehman! I am going into my third year of Bachelor of Social Work at Grant MacEwan this fall. A fun fact about me is that I have never broken a bone in my body (surprising considering how many opportunities I’ve had). I’m super excited to work with the external team and the other team members!

Lia Pagano

Director of Events

I am in my 4th year at UofA studying women’s and gender studies with minors in sociology and history! I am so excited to be working with my committee to continue making WEW an empowering space and facilitating connections between members. Aside from being a part of WEW, I love going for walks, travelling, shopping, plants, and coffee!

2020-2021 Team

President and Founder (2020-2021)

Jana Ali

President and Founder

I am the Founder and President of WEW and I am finishing a BSc Spec in Psychology this winter (yay!). This club means the world to me because I get to work alongside a group of incredible folks that teach me what it means to be truly empowered. I like to spend my time trying new baking recipes, painting my nails, drinking coffee and creating art!

VP Tech (2020-2021)

Omar Mouhammed

VP Technology

I am in my 5th year of a BSc in psychology. I am most excited about taking pictures of the new WEW merch and leading the campaign to raise funds for Nisa Homes. We will be hosting a photoshoot and have everyone posing in this new merch (after COVID is over – Stay tuned!). In my free time, I like to exercise, watch TV shows and write blogs.

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Hameedah Baruwa

VP Events

I am in my fourth year and pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. I am really looking forward to being able to be more creative with the types of events the Events Committee organizes this semester while also maintaining our level of success. A fun fact about myself is that I have a fear of elevators which I like to think (or pretend) is very rational.

Director of Fundraising (2020-2021)

Patricia Divina

Director of Fundraising

I am currently in my 4th year at the UofA, specializing in psychology. I am excited to raise funds for our group and for Nisa Homes! The Finance Committee will have a blast (amidst the boringness of organizing finances) this semester!! Besides being a part of this wonderful group, I love hiking, long walks, boxing, yoga, reading, baking and sleeping

Director of Education (2020-2021)

Balsam Ben Hamed

Director of Education

I am in my 3rd year of a psychology major/biology minor degree at MacEwan University. I look forward to educating individuals on overlooked topics within our community, and also expand and provide more information regarding important topics through the informational posts that my team and I create. My favourite hobby is to play my ukulele, and a fun fact about me is that I love spending my free time watching Spongebob.

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Illustrated by Jana Ali