Maryam Monsef was elected in 2015 as the Member of Parliament for Peterborough—Kawartha. Shortly after her election, Justin Trudeau appointed her as the Minister of Democratic Institutions, a role in which she served until early 2017, and then as the Minister of Women and Gender Equality, and Minister of International Development.
She is a dedicated community organizer, former Peterborough mayoral candidate, and co-recipient of the YMCA’s Peace Medallion, who has been working with Justin Trudeau to grow the economy, strengthen the middle class, and offer real help to families.
A passionate volunteer, Maryam has sat on the boards and committees of several high-profile organizations. She was the Vice-President of the YWCA of Peterborough and Haliburton Board of Directors, a former director of the Ontario Public Interest Research Group, and of the New Canadians Centre—a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting immigrants, refugees, and other newcomers in the Peterborough and Northumberland regions.
Maryam was also the co-founder of the Red Pashmina Campaign, a grassroots initiative she started while at Trent University, which to date has successfully raised over $150,000 to help support women in Afghanistan.
Maryam has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Trent University, and speaks English, Farsi, and Dari.