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Nasra Agil: Somali-Canadian Civil Engineer, Activist And Entrepreneur

Our SmartGirl for today is Nasra Agil, an inspirational woman that young girls can easily admire. Despite growing up in a culture that required certain careers to be a preserve of men, she was able to rise above those stereotypical norms and become an accomplished civil engineer and entrepreneur. She would go on to become the first-ever woman Civil Engineer of Somali descent in Canada.

After learning of Nasra’s story, it is easy to see why we have chosen to highlight her accomplishments. Her drive and determination are a reminder to all young women that they can achieve their dreams, no matter what stands in their way.

Early Life Of Nasra Agil

Nasra Agil was born in war-torn Somalia before her family decided to move and settle in Canada. Young Nasra soon began getting involved in community outreach programs and planning and organizing educational workshops and youth programs in Canada.

After completing her high school education, Nasra decided that her career path would be engineering. She chose to pursue engineering despite the perception that the career was meant for technically savvy men. She enrolled at Ryerson University in Toronto to study civil engineering.

In 2005 Nasra graduated with honors attaining an unimaginable 4.22 GPA from a possible maximum of 4.33 to graduate with a Bachelor’s in Engineering. Nasra is known to be the first-ever woman of Somali descent to earn an engineering degree in Canada. She was even presented with the prestigious Golden Key International Honour Society Award for academic excellence.

Community Comes First

From age 15, Nasra would be actively involved community, although it was known to be a high-crime area. For years she initiated community crime prevention strategies and was recognized for her contribution to community development by being awarded the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh Award.

As a young activist, Nasra played a leadership role in the Leave Out of Violence (LOV) Program aimed at guiding youth caught in the cycle of violence to pursue a positive, healthy lifestyle and stay on the right side of the law.

A Promising Career For Nasra Agil

Upon graduation, Nasra continued her work of community outreach., She began her career as a road inspector for the city of Toronto. After 2 years of service, she moved to Dubai, where she leveled up and later became an advisor to the largest real estate developer in the United Arab Emirates.

After working in Dubai for a couple of years, Nasra returned to Somalia to contribute to the local post-conflict reconstruction process. She believed that she could use her unique expertise to build her motherland with peace.

She later opened Mogadishu’s first-ever dollar store and continued to fight for social and environmental issues such as environmental degradation.

Nasra Agil is a beautiful example of perseverance and determination, earning recognition from worldwide associations. An inspiration to young women everywhere, Nasra believes war only worsens social and environmental issues.

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