International Women’s Day, A Toronto Woman Finds Her Voice!
It’s poignant on this International Women’s Day to recognize women who’ve overcome obstacles in order to speak out for what they believe in. There are brave women who’ve left abusive relationships, women who’ve pushed for education in countries where they face oppression, women who push for quality health care where there is none and women who fight for equality in the work place.
One such woman is Toronto based, Fatima Omar Khamissa.
As many women in her culture are required to do, she moved in with in-laws after her marriage. Her mother-in-law would tell her not to speak out of turn.
Reading was forbidden … because in that society, smart girls are frowned upon. If she cried, she was called, “ungrateful.”
Fatima became pregnant then had a miscarriage. Despite heavy bleeding, her mother-in-law told her she had to clean the floors on her hands and knees. She became pregnant right away again. Her son was born six weeks premature. Her husband and his family said that they were being generous in giving her two weeks off. Then she would have to return to work.
Fatima says during the birth of her second son, the doctor was in a rush to get to his golf game. She says, “I was nine cm dilated. He used forceps and crushed the baby’s skull. My baby was diagnosed with Spastic Cerebral Palsy Quadriplegic.”
Despite all of that, Fatima made a decision to change her life. She set an intention for a better life for herself and her children. She educated herself. She read books. She pressed ahead. She had success.
Fatima is now happily divorced and the mother of five children.
She has her own business, The God Conscious Women’s Institute, where she helps others find joy and freedom. She’s a sought after speaker, mentor and champion of women’s rights. She also hosts a weekly Internet radio show.
Today marked another milestone for Fatima. For her first time, she served as chair of a Business Connection Exchange networking meeting in Toronto. And how perfect it was for me, on this noteworthy International Women’s Day, to have been in attendance.
You can read more about Fatima on her website, http://www.godandenergy.com
You can access her radio show each Wednesday on her website. It airs from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM, EST.