The Sisters Project combats negative stereotypes of Muslim women by showcasing the diverse stories of inspirational women across Canada, while also creating a space of inclusion and belonging for all self-identifying Muslim women to embrace and celebrate their unique identities

Created by Alia Youssef



"I taught myself over time to always remain optimistic besides the obstacles in life” was Ayan’s response to my favourite question - What is your favourite quality about yourself? Ayan is a 23 year old Somali Youth Worker and she has made a name for herself doing her favourite past time,  a natural body arts called Henna and Jagua. When I asked her what makes her laugh so hard it hurts she responded, “The kids I work with during the week always brighten my day.” To Ayan, the most important things in life are family, faith, and friends, and she hopes because of this that she’s perceived as an approachable person people are comfortable enough around to strike a conversation with her. 

Q&A Feature:

Where is your favourite place to find yourself?

My desk I invested in my room is my safe space to create and think.

What is the best quality in someone else?

Confidence, it's an attractive attribute and really draws me in. I love to meet people who have established this quality in themselves.

What is most important to you?

My family, faith and friends.

Do you feel that you are visibly muslim?

Yes, I try my best to carry myself with the teachings of Islam on a daily basis. Also my hijab identifies my faith right away.