Red Shawl is a women’s community organization whose mission is to inspire and equip women to build better communities Canada
Engaging Women To Make A Difference.

A shawl denotes warmth, comfort and protection. The color red signifies vitality, strength and courage. We, at Red Shawl, are a group of women full of vigor, compassion, hope and faith; ready to pass on our Shawls of trust, friendship, honor and oneness of spirit.

The goal of Red Shawl is to equip women for better livelihoods and become an agent of positive change for their families and community.

Please join us in reaching out to others; to inspire, elevate and enhance lives.

Vision Statement

Our vision for women and their families to live wholesome lives.

Mission Statement

Red Shawl is a women’s community organization whose mission is to inspire and equip women to build better communities.

Our Clients

She is a woman of vigor, courage and strength who sees what remains to be done She is a new immigrant ready for next level of economic stability She is denied access to resources, networks and know-how to improve her livelihood She will nurture her children and families for positive change in communities.

Our Objectives

Inform, inspire and connect women for personal action and advancement in life, workplace and communities.
Establish simplified and easily accessible processes for underserved women
Develop sustainable community-based approaches to enhance women’s economic stability

Our Values

Christian witness
Approachable and Available
Continuous growth and development
Reach-out and Speak-up
Partner for collective action and maximum impact

Our Maxim

Just Turn up.

Red Shawl is a women’s community organization whose mission is to inspire and equip women to build better communities

About Us

In 2013, Global Health Professional and Social Entrepreneur, Zari Gill, founded Red Shawl Women’s Community Organization in Mississauga with the belief that when a woman’s life is improved, families are improved and communities become strong and resilient. A shawl denotes the passing on of a mantle and the extending of resource from one to the other. It symbolizes our approach for women reaching-out to one another for advancement in life. The colour, red denotes, strength, warmth and living a wholesome life.

Red Shawl aims to support women as they strive to improve their income possibilities, because a woman with a steady stream of income, even if small, is able to save cash, provide improved education for her children, have better households and still have expendable funds.

Red Shawl offers programs for women and young girls to improve their skills, education and leadership for workplace, families and communities. With better skills, education and leadership qualities women gain better economic prospects which is a huge step towards bridging the gender gap and achieving gender parity. It is also a key step towards higher participation of women in the labour force and higher economic growth in Canada.

Red Shawl banks on working in synergy for lasting impact and cherishes continued support from the community for years to come.

Meet our Board of Directors

Romila Mallo

Director, Resource Acquisition

I am presently a Landscape Technical Architect, I own MTM Landscaping Contractors Inc.

I have volunteered my time for community organizations since my youth days and I look forward to enhancing Red Shawl’s work with my experience, and working with like-minded group of ladies.


Azmat Hanuk

Director, Planning and Events

I am a banker for the last 23 years, worked in adjudication, investments and currently working as a business advisor.

My desire to serve is growing deeper every day. I am so grateful to God for a platform of like minded people who share the same passion to reach out and serve for a good cause. I believe life is short and we can make it better with God on our side. "With God, all things are possible." -Matthew 19:26


Shahnaz Samuel


I am a licensed architect with Ontario Association of Architects and run a private consulting firm, I am also a professor at Sheridan college, at Faculty of Science and Applied Technology where I teach Architectural Technology courses.

I live by the words, “All things are possible to one who believes!” Mark 9:23.


Merab Nathaniel Alam

Director, Communications

I’ve worked in the investment management and consulting fields for 13 years. I am in transition and looking for that opportunity and challenge that will contribute the most to the organization of my choice.

My personal philosophy is:
To live with love, hope and courage
To face adversity with compassion and humility
To collect the pieces after a fall, learn from the experience and move on
To let go, there's a time and place for everything
To seek good and focus on the positives
To be part of a solution rather than being on the other side of the equation
To be and to become ME!


Shirin Charles

Vice President

I was working as an accountant at National Bank of Pakistan but I had to study again when I came to Canada. My first job was at Mount Sinai Hospital, but after four years I got a job with the Provincial Government at Queen's Park, I worked with the Ministry of Community and Social Services as a supervisor and later as a Human Resources consultant with the Management Board Secretariat. I had worked for almost 32 years when I got a chance to retire early.

We like-minded women who are Board members want to help other women so they can also enjoy a 'wholesome life'.


Zari Gill


I am a Global Health Professional and a Social Entrepreneur, with over 25 years of experience of working with organization like World Vision International. I am ready to bring my learning to improving lives of women.

His grace abounds in me so that I have all sufficiency in all things. I believe I am enabled only to be an enabler.