Nominations

 

EMAN BARE

Becka-Viau2014

A journalist and activist whose philosophy, belief and vision all point to global human rights.

Eman Bare was 17 years old and out of province on an exchange program when she happened to see coverage of the famine in Somalia. She was hit with the stark realization that she shared a language, history and culture with those who were literally starving to death. Before the segment ended, she was on her phone organizing what would become her first fundraiser, an event that raised $10,000 for famine relief.

Growing up as first generation Canadian and a Muslim, Eman felt she was living two separate lives: the life at home with her family and the life with her friends. It was only when she began to explore what it meant to be Canadian that she realized she had the ability to combine the knowledge and perspective of two entirely different cultures. Further, this diverse ethnicity underscores, for her, the importance of acceptance, multiculturalism and equality.

A third year journalism student at the University of Regina, Eman successfully draws attention to those whose rights are being violated, either by laws, those in power, or even their fellow countrymen or countrywomen.

She also aspires to launch an eco-friendly clothing line that will generate income for women in countries still feeling the impacts of colonialism and to produce educational documentaries on the long-term effects of such colonialism.

Eman’s activism is fueled by the knowledge there is nothing separating her from those who are suffering because, as humans, we all feel the same hurt and pain no matter where we live or what we look like.

At the conference, Eman will share her vision and encourage participants to create and live their own visions.