Women’s Habitat is fortunate to have a staff team comprised of tireless advocates whose wealth of knowledge and experiences enrich our service delivery. One of these advocates is our Director of Finance, Sushma Subedi. On March 8th, 2010 Sushma immigrated to Canada from Nepal with her young daughter and husband. She is open about the struggles she faced as a newcomer and the adversity she overcame. Sushma commits her time and energy to uplifting women and supporting her community and this Saturday she was honoured at the Nepalese Canadian Women’s Association International Women’s Day celebration and where she shared the importance of celebrating and acknowledging women’s contributions every day:
“Good Morning Everybody, Namaskar. It’s a pleasure to be here with you today to celebrate International Women’s Day. Today is a very special day for women all over the world.
I know that the women of the world are much more powerful and stronger than society thinks. There are so many things women make possible. I am proud to be a woman, because to be a woman is an honour and privilege, not the burden.
Unfortunately there are so many barriers to women’s growth. Women experience lack of access to education, careers and unequal pay because of society’s sexist beliefs and attitude towards them.
International Women’s Day holds a special significance for me. On March 8, 2010 my family and I immigrated to Canada. When I arrived I was struggling with almost everything, however I never lost my focus; I never gave up and now I have expertise managing finances for not for profits. One of my greatest rewards as a Finance Professional is being able to support both men and women start careers of their own.
For men, I would like to say: be better men everyday not only today. Acknowledge all the great work women do. If you think you are helping your partner doing household work or ‘babysitting’, then you are thinking the wrong way. Doing chores and raising children are shared responsibilities, so men and boys you must take your responsibility and do your part!
For women, I would like to say let’s live our life to the fullest! Let’s explore opportunities to grow to our full potential and empower each other. Let’s not compete, let’s collaborate! It’s very important that we know our self-value and our self-worth before society puts a tag on our abilities and dictates what we can and can’t do. We can do whatever we put our minds to!
Once again, thank you for having me here today. It is an honour and I wish you all a very Happy International Women’s Day.”