Meet the 2018-2019 Exec! by Souhila Baba

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Dorna Zaboli

[Co-President]

Dorna is in her third year at McGill Law. She is German born and Toronto raised but has Persian roots. Dorna is actively involved in the McGill community: she is currently the Executive Editor at the McGill Journal of Sustainable Development Law and is an RA for a few law professors. In her spare time, Dorna loves to travel, read and host dinner parties.

Career wise, Dorna hopes to one day combine her interests in litigation and business law.

"If I sit silently, I have sinned." - Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh

Sabrina Kholam

[Co-President]

A Montreal native, Sabrina completed her undergraduate studies in Political Science with minors in History and Philosophy at the University of Toronto. She comes from a mixed Iraqi-Italian family with an oversized golden doodle.

Sabrina is passionate about private law, particularly the areas of property, agency, and succession.

“We rise by lifting others.”

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Catalina Karam

[VP Communications]

Catalina was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon, and holds a Bachelor of Arts and Science in Environmental Science with a minor in Political Science from McGill University.

Catalina is passionate about environment law and policy, as well as international climate law.

“Nevertheless, She persisted.”

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Raghad Al-Lawati

[VP Communications]

Raghad is an Omani student studying for her LLB at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. She spent her early years in Oxford before moving back to her hometown, Muscat to complete high school. She is at McGill for a year-long exchange.

Raghad is interested in international corporate law, particularly in the area of financing and securitization.

“I have the right to life, liberty and chicken wings” - Mindy Kaling

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Bianca Braganza

[VP External]

Bianca grew up in Toronto, and pursued her Honours Bachelor of Health Sciences at Western University, and Masters of Global Health at McMaster University, with an exchange completed at Maastricht University, The Netherlands. Bianca is ethnically from Goa, India.

Bianca is passionate about children and youth access to legal education and justice; the intersection of health, migration, policy and the law; Indigenous law; domestic and international criminal law; and the anthropology, sociology and philosophy of law.

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world” - Mahatma Ghandi

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Jemmy Erhiaganoma

[VP External]

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Prudence Etkin

[VP Events]

Prudence Etkin is in her third year at McGill Law. She was born in Jamaica and grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, creating recipes, travelling, and planning for her next culinary experience.

Prudence hope to one day be able to combine her love of food and technology in her future career.

“One’s life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion.” – Simone de Beauvoir

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Efat Elsheriff

[VP Events]

Egyptian born and raised, Efat came to Montreal in 2013 to pursue her BA in political science and anthropology. Efat is particularly interested in the fields of corporate law and arbitration.

When she is not studying, Efat enjoys playing the piano and composing music in her spare time, usually synthesizing middle eastern melodies with jazz and/or classical music.

"be kind, always"

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ZiChen Gao

[VP Finance]

ZiChen Gao was born in China, she spent sometimes living in the US and Australia before moving to Canada and settling down in Montreal.

ZiChen is in her third year at McGill Law. She graduated from Marianopolis College with a degree in Honours Commerce. She has an interest in general corporate law and is part of the executive committee of the McGill Business Law Associaction. Apart from law school, she enjoys travelling, drawing, writing blogs, reading novels and playing piano.

"Enjoy all you have while pursuing all you want."

Article: Women of Color in Congress 2019 by WOCC McGill

An extraordinary cohort of women was sworn into Congress earlier this week. There is much to celebrate, but Brenda Choresi Carter reflects on how much work there is yet to be done: “I look forward to when reflective political leadership is as unremarkable as the white male domination of our current system.”

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Feminism And Race: Just Who Counts As A 'Woman Of Color'? by Souhila Baba

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Lindsey Yoo discusses the need for a more inclusive feminism

Yoo illustrates the often overlooked irony of todays feminist movements in actually isolating other women. The conversation around “women of color” easily excludes the voices of those who fall out of the black-white binary: Asians, Arabs, Latinas, Native Americans to name a few. She highlights the failures of the #solidarityisforwhitewomen movement in addressing this deficiency. The dismantling of racial hierarchies, she argues, can only be done when the voices of all women of color are heard and legitimized. As an example, Yoo points to the selective criticisms prominent feminists present, such as praising Orange is the New Black for its portrayal of race and gender whilst failing to mention the inadequate and racist representation of Asian female characters in the show. She illustrates how “women of color” can forward the social agendas of a minority who fit narrow public perception, despite upholding the illusion of being an inclusive movement as it stands today.

In this highly engaging article, Yoo ultimately pointing towards the need to foster true solidarity within the women of color and feminist communities by fully embracing the far-reaching diversity within these groups. Read the full article here.

Illustrated Women Who Can by WOCC McGill

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“Illustrated Women Who Can” is a blog series created by artist Yaansoon, inspired by her work with a Syrian refugee she encountered a few years ago whilst working with Oxfam. An ongoing work in progress, it features 20+ women Yaansoon met in over 20 countries and their unique ideas about beauty, justice and power. Her work focuses on the universal nature of the “woman condition”, which cuts across cultures, languages and borders.

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“White is not the default; it is not the centre of the universe, and as such the whole premise that colour is an attribute that can be attached to anyone who is not white, should fall apart.

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“I have Trump to thank for this essential transformation in my perspective… Thanks to him, the words “Enough is enough” became my personal mantra.”

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“[living in Zaatari Camp] is really exciting for me. I don’t say this to other refugees here, because they won’t like my ideas and my ambition, but I am happier here than I ever was in my village!”

Every narrative is inspiring and empowering in its own way, reflecting values of resilience, compassion, bravery, understanding, love and respect. For the full blog posts and upcoming updates, click here.