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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

Sara

Sara

“I know that the day will come for all women to have equal rights and safe spaces in public and private sectors and in politics. We are in an era that equity seeking and social justice groups are pushing women’s agendas to be in the forefront of everything.”

 Sara immigrated to Canada 6 years ago from Gaza, Palestine, where she was born and raised in a refugee camp. She told me that leaving her family, friends, and memories in Palestine was the greatest challenge she’s faced, but that also moving to Canada was one of the most rewarding actions of her life. Her experiences have propelled her to be incredibly passionate about the topic of global migration and supporting refugees. She advocates for immigrant and refugee students in higher education institutions through her roles as President elect of the Continuing Education Students' Association of Ryerson and the President of the Newcomer Students' Association of Ryerson. Along with those roles, she is a mother of two young boys, a soon-to-be masters student of Immigration and Settlement Studies, and a Student Engagement & Leadership Assistant. Even though she has many accomplishments related to her activism--such as recently being shortlisted for the "Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award”-- she told me her proudest achievement is making her beautiful family with her husband. Her favourite quality about herself is that despite her barriers, she never gave up on her dreams with determination and hard work. When I asked Sara how she would like to be perceived she told me, “I want to be perceived as  a regular woman without having barriers or challenges based on my identity.”

Q&A Feature:

What's your favourite hobby or pastime? 

"My favourite hobby [is] collecting antique and vintage [items] especially home decor [and] paintings"

Where's your favourite place to find yourself?

"My favourite place to find myself is home with my husband and children."

 

Fatima

Fatima

Saira

Saira