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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

Nora

Nora

“I am not only of Palestinian origin, but ironically a Yiddish-understanding Palestinian. I speak 5 languages, and understand 7-8 plus many more accents. But when I mention to Muslims or Jews that I understand and speak this Germano-Jewish-in-America-kept alive-language, it irritates both communities subsequently.”

Nora is a 40-year-old external communication coordinator for a humanitarian organization as well as an educator living in Montreal, Quebec. She is proud of the professional work she does, being in a core group of humanitarian organizations. She is able to “advocate for women and children in developing countries to access health services that are not available or restrictedly available in their communities. We created a plan to be implemented as an international policy which would reduce maternal mortality significantly and protect women and their families from poverty, communal marginalization, vulnerability, and gender discrimination.” Although her professional life is integral to her, Nora’s proudest accomplishment is breaking her self-limiting belief that she cannot be a full-time mother and professional employee at the same time. She told me, “I always hoped and worked towards a living definition of “If God is with me, I can do anything” but I never believed I could actually implement it. When life hit me with having a child with special needs and then a broken marriage, being a full-time single mom and a full-time jobholder was the only way to go. I turned the tables, I prayed hard, got my priorities straight and aimed for success and worked three jobs at the same time outside our home. I worked an 80-85 hour- week while taking care of my daughters and the house. That harder time in life changed my personality from passive to active, from feeling ok when I accomplished a task to feeling good, from socially shy to daring, from accepting situations to questioning them.” When I asked Nora her own favourite quality is, she said, “I am self-correcting, which enables me to reflect and find solutions, so I don’t panic if something goes wrong.”

Q&A Feature:

What is your favourite hobby or pastime?

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