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International Women’s Day 2019


South-Asian community is blessed with strong women who’ve become role models to many. Whether she is a politician, or an actor, or perhaps a businesswoman, women have proven time after time that they’re they true creators of this society. To celebrate women, their successes, and their contribution to this world, RedFM interviews three powerful women from different walks of life.

Manjit Minhas is the co-founder of Minhas Breweries, Distillery and Winery. She started her companies at the ripe age of 19 in Alberta, and currently, she has over 90 brands of beers, spirits, liqueurs and wines. Her products are sold in Ontario, Alberta, Saskatchewan , Manitoba and British Columbia, as well as 43 states throughout the USA and 15 other countries in Europe, Asia and South America. Manjit is also a ‘Dragon’ on CBC’s Dragon’s Den.

The Honourable Mobina S.B. Jaffer, Q.C., Senator for British Columbia, Senator Jaffer represents the province of British Columbia in the Senate of Canada, where she is deputy-chair of the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence. Appointed to the Senate on June 13, 2001 by Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, she is the first Muslim senator, the first African-born senator, and the first senator of South Asian descent. Senator Jaffer was the first South Asian woman to practice law in Canada.

Balinder Johal is an award winning film, stage and television actress. She is best known for her roles in the films of Deepa Mehta, including Heaven on Earth, for which she was a Leo Award nominee for Best Supporting Actress in 2009 And Beeba Boys, for which she garnered a Canadian Screen Award nomination as Best Supporting Actress at the 4th Canadian Screen Awards in 2016.