Lebanese Canadian activist, author, and speaker, Najwa Zebian, joins Alaa on this week’s episode. Najwa discusses what it feels like to belong and not belong at the same time, using her love of poetry to fuel her advocacy and what it means to be our real self.
Being At The Table means:
“Showing up as the real me and showing up with compassion for both myself, as a human being, and for the person sitting across from me” – Najwa Zebian
Highlights from the Conversation:
Living a simple life in Lebanon and the culture shock of coming to Canada at the age of 16
Finding her calling as a teacher in university and doing her practicum as Muslim in a Catholic school
Growing up with poetry and how it shaped how she looked and interacted with the world
Using poetry as a mode for advocacy for change in a system that was not set up for the success of those who did not learn English at a young age
Publishing her book during a dark period of her life
Choosing our real self
About the Guest:
Najwa Zebian is a Lebanese-Canadian activist, author, speaker, and educator. Through her three books, her podcast (Stories of the Soul) and her own digital school (Soul Academy), she continues to give a voice to countless souls out there aching to be heard.
Alaa Murabit is an award-winning medical doctor, global security strategist, women’s rights advocate and United Nations High-Level Commissioner on Health, Employment & Economic Growth and Sustainable Development Goal Global Advocate.
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