“I know her as a career-oriented wife, mother, daughter, and sister- in-law, who can take on the world. I have never met anyone with more courage, determination, and loyalty than this woman. – Rashi Khare, Nominator
Shweta is a Master’s educated woman in her 30’s living in Brossard with her husband and two beautiful children – a boy and a girl. She was raised into her 20’s in India and can be described as someone who has preserved her Indian values but has also asserted her ability to adapt to any situation, no matter how unfamiliar or extraordinary.
Shweta was nominated by Rashi Khare, a 39 year old female PhD candidate in family medicine with a career that has focused on improving the care we give to patients. Rashi lives in Montreal with her husband and her close-knit Hindu family, many of whom are immigrants from India. Rashi nominated Shweta because…
“It was my Canadian-born brother who was lucky enough to make this woman his wife. After getting married, she left everything she knew in India to start a new life with her husband and associated family in Canada. She has faced many adversities with astonishing resilience, yet in a delicate and respectful manner. These qualities have not only brought her success in her career but have been transferred to her broad-minded children. I know her as a career- oriented wife, mother, daughter- and sister-in-law who can take on the world. But in her modesty, she would likely describe herself as someone who does what anyone else would do.”-Rashi
“There is freedom out there for women but I didn’t know the extent to which that freedom existed”-Shweta
Aquil Virani on why he chose to CelebrateHer: Shweta started to cry when we surprised her just a few steps from here back in February. I interviewed her for about ten minutes under the pretense that I was an employee from McGill asking questions to mature students and their families. Shweta strikes me as someone incredibly grateful for the life she has, even if it’s not perfect. The spray-painted rendition of the henna designs in the background (that she originally created) is meant to illicit questions about what traditions we keep and what traditions we’re allowed to do away with.