I feel very fortunate to have had opportunities so far in my life where I’ve been put in positions of interest for my country and community. I have made it into the news several times, on most occasions regarding my athletic victories and involvements. Life has been kind to me, thankfully and so far, looking back at it now my road has been on an uphill lift, but still with it’s fair share of difficulties and sacrifices. Big goals take great risks.

This time around, York Region News published a story about my journey as a MTC National Delegate 2018 in this pageant. They have been considerate enough to dive into the details of my platform involvement and made a visit to my house for photos. I truly appreciate their interest and attention to this matter.

News Source:

York Region News Segment – Empower students by teaching self defence in gym class: Newmarket teen

In this news segment, I took the opportunity to discuss my platform goals, which are importance of improving gender equality and advocating for women empowerment. As discussed, I will be making public appearances in related events, actively participating within the community, giving speeches, writing letters and expanding my social presence during my reign, for advocating my campaign platform.

My main goal is proposing to the York Region District School Board (as I’m doing now) to provide martial arts/ self-defense training to female students in the health/gym curriculum in order to reduce the chance of violence against women.

I believe this will empower women and young girls to learn to defend themselves and avoid becoming victims of violence/abuse. It’s a work in progress. I wish to leave a positive impact, starting from my own community, however small.

“Change starts with an idea and it will have a ripple effect. A small start towards progress is better than nothing at all.” – My words, as mentioned by York Region News Reporter

That’s right! I’m not expecting to change the system or the school board’s approach towards my proposal too early, but any great change must start from somewhere. And I strongly believe in the decency of my idea. I truly believe the statistics regarding female victimization of violence and abuse will speak for itself when eventually, the percentage of victims go down dramatically.

The art of self-defense is something that must be taught to everyone, most especially women and girls as usually they are the most likely target of predators… We, as girls and women are NOT weak. We just need to be taught the correct way of defending ourselves.

During this time period, I am actively involved in community events and fundraiser for my favourite charitable organizations and causes. However, I am still taking my time to advocate for my platform goals by sending my message and requests across to the right individuals in the school board as well as authority. More of that to come. Stay tuned for my future blogs, because I am excited to share about this great quest.

In the end, I made sure to get the following message across:

“I might be young and small but I want to show people you can achieve anything you put your mind to,”

If you wish to read the previous news segment in York Region News about my success at WKF Youth World Cup 2017 for karate, please refer to the following link:

York Region News Segment – Karate Kid Mahta Strikes Kumite Silver in Croatia

More news segments involving Junior National Team of Karate Canada and my victories as a team member can be found here:

Sirc.ca News – Canadian Junior Karate Team Celebrates Three Siler Medals at Youth World Cup

Sirc.ca News – Canadian Junior Karate Team Celebrates Strong Showing in Argentina

By yours truly,

Mahta – Miss Teen Newmarket 2018

Written by: Mahta

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