On International Women’s Day, we must recognize the barriers that women around the world continue to struggle against. If we take a look at the humanitarian importance of the situation in Iran, millions of people – particularly women – are protesting for equality and their freedoms at a time when their voices are being silenced.
Progress doesn’t happen on its own – we must be positive agents for change. As Gandhi so eloquently put it, you must “be the change you wish to see in the world”. We must be the voice for those who don’t have one at this turning point in history. Stand and act in solidarity with the brave women and men striving for change. Women. Life. Freedom.
Chair and CEO, BBTV Holdings Inc.
Shahrzad Rafati is the Chairperson and CEO of BBTV, the leading creator monetization company with a mission to help creators become more successful, and a successful quadruple bottom line business that measures success across financial, people, social, and environmental KPIs.
Shahrzad actively pursues ways to encourage social change and is a champion for equality in all forms, and is passionate about job creation, climate action, education, and advancing opportunities for women and girls. In 2020, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appointed Shahrzad as Co-Chair of G20 EMPOWER, a private sector alliance intended to support the greater recruitment and advancement of women in leadership in the private sector in each of the G20 countries.
Shahrzad is an inspiring leader and champion for equality who supports a number of influential Boards and Associations including as Vice-Chair Invest in Canada, Board Director for Bjarke Ingels Group, and Co-Chair of G20 EMPOWER. She has been broadly recognized for her contributions to the media industry and entrepreneurship.
In October of 2020, Shahrzad also led BBTV’s historic IPO as one of the Top 10 Tech listings of all time on the TSX.