Empowering Young Women

Photo of the blog author By Constable Rod Chung,
Toronto Police Service
Published: 11:15 a.m. March 7, 2014
Updated: 11:37 a.m. March 7, 2014

The objective of the Rise Above Women’s Conference in partnership with Senator O’Connor College School, the Toronto Police Service & Read2Rap, was to open up communication among young women and their peers through a series of group discussions.

A group of men and women pose for a photo on a stage
Rise Above, Read2Rap and the 2014 Rise Above Women's Conference members
  • A group of men and women pose for a photo on a stage
  • A group of women poses for a photo on a stage
  • One woman posing for a photo with two girls

The young women had the opportunity to connect with professionals from various fields to engage in a series of discussions surrounding, the importance of decision making as it pertains to personal choices, family, education, friendships and having a professional career. The day was filled with laughter, energy and chants of “So What”, a song by Linda Luztano, which used to empower these young women during the conference.

Below are the women who were the 2014 Rise Above Women’s Conference Mentors:

Leisa Washington (@camdasports ): First Canadian Female WNBA Agent

Chivon John: (@ChivonJohn ) Project Management and Communications Professional

Stacy Buchanan(@stacynbuchanan ): Actress, Model, Producer

Kirin Singh (@roirealtyinc ): Broker of Record at R.O.I. Realty Inc, Brokerage and Author of The Ki to Success

Latoya Wallace: (@Realtor_Lady ) Real Estate Broker at Century 21 Leading Edge Realty Inc., Brokerage 

Thushya Thani: Royal Bank of Canada Financial Advisor

Linda Luztono (@LindaLuztono ): Singer, Songwriter, Artist.

120 girls ages 13-18 from various schools participated in the conference.

Twitter feed of the conference: @OfficerRod8037

So What? Song Lyrics:

Verse

You see I’m moving on up this year Living life with no fear
I – I’m not giving up
No pain, no more tears

I’m where I belong standing here I – I’m not leaving now

Hook

(So what?)
I’m not a size zero
(So what?)
I don’t hide my feelings, no (So what?)
(So what?)
(So what?)
...So what?

(So what?)
Don’t feel like wearing make up (So what?)
Ain’t got a double D cup
(So what?)
(So what?)
(So what?)
...So what?

Verse

Yeah diversity is a part of life, you see I’ll stand out from the crowd
So just let me be
Who I wanna be

I - I said, I’m not changing now

Hook

(So what?)
I’m not a size zero
(So what?)
I don’t hide my feelings, no (So what?)
(So what?)
(So what?)
...So what?

(So what?)
Don’t feel like wearing make up (So what?)
Ain’t got a double D cup
(So what?)
(So what?)
(So what?)
...So what?

Bridge

Attention ladies
Can you hear me?
We need to be more supportive All my ladies
Love your bodies
We’re all beauties
Strong unity!

Hook

(So what?)
I’m not a size zero
(So what?)
I don’t hide my feelings, no (So what?)
(So what?)
(So what?)
...So what?

(So what?)
Don’t feel like wearing make up (So what?)
Ain’t got a double D cup
(So what?)
(So what?)
(So what?)
...So what?

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