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 LOVE being a muslim woman and I love wearing my hijab and I think having to fight for representing my religion sucks but it's worth it if it means I get to show the world how strong I truly am.”
Sidrah is a 22 year old graphic designer for a television station/media organization in Ontario and a freelance designer. She is also a lover of travel, and just returned from a fabulous trip around Europe. Although she loves going abroad, she also loves exploring her own city and finding herself in local coffee shops. The thing that makes Sidrah laugh so much it hurts are episodes of Seinfeld or Boy Meets World. (Eric Matthews will always have a large piece of her heart!) When I asked Sidrah what is one thing she knows for sure she responded, “I know for sure that despite how I am perceived, I will be successful and so will many muslim women around the world. Believe it or not, there are amazing people out there in the world who are kind hearted, open minded, incredible human beings that are there to support us. Something I live by is “delay your prayers, delay your success.”’

Q&A Feature:

What is your favourite quality about yourself?

I’m personable. I can easily connect with someone and always do my best to get to know them. 

What is the best quality in someone else?

That they’re open minded. 

How do you want to be perceived?

I want to be perceived as someone who is capable of doing anything I can put my mind to but I don’t necessarily have to do it to prove my capability if that makes sense. 

What is a fun fact about you that you haven’t told me yet? 

I have a British short hair cat named Dora and she has her own Instagram @yourqueendora

Why did you choose the location you did for the photoshoot?

I chose the Sandbox at Ryerson University because its a great working space filled with motivated students and incredibly large windows that allow sun to enter. I use to work in an office that had no windows and I’m pretty sure I was decaying in there so open spaces really allows my creative juices to flow and breathe!