Sherin Shibin, 33, is a mother of two from Cherthala, Kerala, is all set to become the first Malayali woman to compete for Mrs Canada. Shibin will be walking the ramp along with 20 other contestants in Toronto, Canada in August — an event organised by Canada Galaxy Pageants.
Sherin Shibin — who has a passion for helping mothers who battle postpartum depression and face systemic barriers on their return to work post pregnancy — was seeking a platform to present her ideas, when Galaxy Pageants came to the rescue.
“I was born and brought up in Saudi Arabia. Along with my parents Abdul Basheer and mother Susanna, I returned to Cherthala aged 15 after having completed my schooling in Saudi. My mother, a retired nurse, is my strength and my father is a businessman-cum-politician, whose involvement in social service activities has helped me get a better grasp of things. My husband Muhammed Shibin is also quite supportive of my decisions,” The New Indian Express quoted Shibin as saying.
“I’m deeply pained by the gender inequalities that women face globally and I’ve been wanting to address such issues. I utilised social media platforms like Instagram for this purpose, but they have their limitations,” she added.
“It was then that I came across the Canada Galaxy Pageant, which I thought was a good platform to bring attention to these issues. Lack of a clear policy on maternity leave, flexibility at work timings, feeding rooms, childcare centre, etc., are among the many problems faced by carrying mothers,” Shibin said.
“In fact,many mothers are forced to discontinue their career after delivery due to lack of support from the employer and family. These kinds of issues can be addressed by participating in the pageant, because the organisers give greater emphasis to service than the beauty aspect,” she added.
Shibin, who presently works in the research section of Toronto University, represents the North York city.