Ayesha Rekhi was appointed Ambassador of Canada to the Czech Republic in August 2019. She studied her Bachelor degree in political science at McGill University in Canada, pursued further specialization in developmental studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science and she completed her education at Harvard University. In 1999, she started working for the Government of Canada. Before coming to Prague, she has served in Hong Kong, India, Vietnam, and most recently in Thailand from 2016 to 2019.
She has always represented the values such as transparency, human rights and equal opportunities. She believes that inclusion is vital for democracy, peace and prosperity.
She devoted her speech at the 12th year of Equal Pay Day mainly to the topic of importance of diversity and thus fighting for gender equality. Therefore it was a perfect conference opening! She narrated her life story and story of her family. Get inspired by this successful and experienced diplomat!
She revealed, among other things:
- What diversity means for Canada
- The importance of female leaders as role models
- What is needed to achieve inclusion
- How the COVID-19 has hit especially females
- What ‘’Canadian dream’’ means
- How her loved ones support her to be successful in her career
In the Czech Republic, Equal Pay Day is organized by the public benefit organization Business & Professional Women CR z.s., which brings together active women who want to do much more than just business. The organization is part of the BPW International network, which has been operating in more than 100 countries for over 90 years. The founding member of the organization was the Czech senator Františka Plamínková. This organization was founded in the Czech Republic in 2010 by Lenka Šťastná with the vision that when women come together, they can do incredible things.
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