9 2014

Story of a Remarkable Journey : Dr. Rania Okby: World's First Bedouin Woman

2:30PM - 4:00PM  

Shaarey Zedek Synagogue 561 Wellington Crescent
Winnipeg, MB R3M 0A6

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Rania represents the convergence of two worlds. She was raised by a single mother, in itself a rarity in Bedouin culture and Dr. Okby feels that much of her success is due to the influence of the determined and strong woman who raised her and encouraged her to reach her potential. Inspired by Ben-Gurion University’s community outreach project which helps train teens to become paramedics, Dr. Okby eventually graduated from the Ben-Gurion University’s School of Medicine and completed a Residency in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. She has become a celebrity and a role model in the Negev for Bedouin women. The more traditional women turn to her as a physician, knowing that she understands them and that they can trust her. Dr. Okby, herself a single parent mother to two daughters, has been able to maintain a balance between traditional Bedouin culture and modern life and a busy medical career.