Daughters of the Vote was an event that enabled 338 young women aged 18 to 23 to get to know the workings of Canadian politics. Many discussion panels led by social and political leaders took place in the House of Commons over four days. Rabia Abdeddaïm, a first-year teacher education student, was one of the participants.
“I had the chance to engage in stimulating discussions with committed women from different backgrounds,” says Rabia. “I participated in many panels related to education, including one on language rights. The minister of international development and La Francophonie, Marie-Claude Bibeau, came to speak to us about certain social issues in French-speaking countries. It was very informative.”
For the event, Rabia was selected as a delegate for Quebec, the riding currently represented by Jean-Yves Duclos, minister of families, children and social development. “We discussed topics such as an accessible childcare system, how important it is in children’s educational experience, and how beneficial it is for women’s social empowerment,” she says. “It made me aware that the field of education is influenced by many social issues and that educational policy must take this into consideration.”
She also had the pleasant surprise of meeting Natasha Lagarde, a master’s student in teaching, who was asked to take part in a panel entitled “Leadership: Finding Courage.”
In 2016–2017, Rabia was involved with the Formation en enseignement students’ association as vice-president, academic affairs, and she has been elected president for 2017–2018.
“I’m very grateful for the way the Faculty creates a learning environment where student leadership is encouraged,” she says.