Raj Sihota is now the first woman of South Asian descent to hold the top staff position at a major political party in BC.
Sihota is Provincial Director of the BC NDP as the party prepares for the upcoming May 2017 election. She was appointed in August.
According to a release by the party, Sihota has played key roles in many elections. Some of which include the recent by-election wins in Coquitlam and Vancouver where MLAs Melanie Mark and Jodie Wickens were elected.
She says it’s important to see South Asian women in powerful positions.
“South Asian women of my generation are making a difference in all parts of our society… We are professionals, leading businesses and now running political party offices as strategists and administrators.”
In the release, NDP Leader John Horgan says he’s proud of the role that South Asians have played in the BC NDP, and that his party has gone above and beyond to send a positive message to visible minorities.
“All political parties understand the need to field candidates that appeal to their voters, but the NDP has gone a major step further by appointing a visible minority woman to the top staff job. This sends a powerful message to other women of visible minorities that the NDP takes them seriously and values their skills and contributions.”