“I find it highly stimulating and deeply satisfying to listen and interact with others, even if we don’t share the same opinions. That’s one of the reasons why I like doing radio editorials on my local radio. I think there is always a place for respectful and honest opinion.”
Maryam is 33, she holds 2 masters degrees (one in architecture and one in urban design), and she also works for the Transport Ministry of Québec and calls herself a “proud public servant.” She also volunteers her time by being a member of the board of “la Ligue des Droits et Libertés” (Québec), an editorialist at the radio morning show “Québec Réveille!” at CKIA radio, and a writer at “Les Simones”, the feminist magazine at CKIA radio. A fun fact about Maryam is she begins each and everyday “sipping matcha tea and making resolutions for the day to come. I basically start my day with a list of things to be proud of or to improve in order to be a strong and a better person.” Her favourite hobby is discussing and debating with the people around her. When I asked Maryam what’s most important to her she told me, “I feel like it’s a part of my responsibilities in life to stand for the most vulnerable and the minorities…We have to make sure to protect our rights and freedom, especially with the rise of identity groups and some far right movement that leads inevitably to violence, racism, Islamophobia and harassment against ethnic minority women…As a feminist, I do my best to promote gender equality, fight women stereotypes, empower other women, call for the end of domestic and sexual violence, and fight for the right for women to wear whatever they want and be whoever they want, including Muslim women who choose to wear hijab.” The one thing Maryam knows for sure is, “life is worth being lived with dignity and pride. We have to be proud of who we are, of our differences, and what’s makes us unique in this world. Accepting, loving, sharing, and being kind to ourselves are some of the biggest keys to happiness.”
What is your favourite quality about yourself?
“I’m enthusiastic and perseverant. I’m also very passionate, colourful and a woman of action.”
Where is your favourite place to find yourself?
“A nice tea house, where you can read, chat with other tea lovers, taste high quality teas or just share a cup with a friend. A place for happiness and great taste.”