Sajedeh came to Canada as an unaccompanied minor at the age of 12 from Afghanistan. Currently she is attending the University of British Columbia pursuing a major in Political science/ International Relations. Her big dream is to work in the United Nation for women and children’s rights in third world countries. She enjoys expressing herself through Art, slam poetry and dance. She has been an active member of Fresh Voices since 2015, after winning the 2015 National Fresh Voices Artivism Award. She has presented before Margret Trudeau, Michaelle Jean, Simone Sanders, and many more elected officials, steak holders and policy makers. She would like to create change or spark a mind that would along side her intelligent Freshvoices team who are passionate to make changes and a better future for all immigrants/refugees.
10 years after arriving in Canada, immigrants still face poverty rates twice as high as Canadian-born people. It takes 20 years for the poverty rates of immigrants to equalize with the poverty rates of persons born in Canada.