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“when i first moved from toronto, an extremely diverse city, to the prairies, i used to avoid my culture at all cost; food, clothes, activities. it was all so embarrassing to me but now i feel like i’m the spokesperson for pakistan and its undying culture.”
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anum is 22 and works at the global gathering place, a saskatoon based settlement agency for immigrants and refugees, and will be pursuing the field of physiotherapy in the near future. when she is not there, she loves improving her home decor skills and doing photography, especially in saskatoon’s canola fields. she told me she likes the fields because “of how calming it is; it makes me feel closer to my roots. i’m from a small town/village in pakistan and this is as close as i can get to home.” anum’s own favourite quality is that she can easily make people laugh and feel comfortable. when i asked anum what her proudest achievement was she told me, “my parents immigrated to canada and left behind their families and their careers just so my siblings and i could obtain a university education, and alhamdulillah thanks to them and god, three of us siblings have completed our first undergrad degrees, some working towards their second degrees and the little one has just begun hers! seeing the glow of pride in my parents’ faces was worth all the nights studying in the library.” anum told me a quote that inspires her life is, “the solutions to today’s problems will lay the foundation for tomorrow’s problems. true happiness occurs when you find problems you enjoy.”
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18 hours ago comment 12 star 787

I’ve been sharing profiles of many incredible women from alberta since ringing in 2019 on @the.sisters.project. check out some of my most recent features from calgary and edmonton. visiting those cities and meeting the folks in them was such a warm and fuzzy part of #thesistersprojectgoesacrosscanada

February 2019 comment 2 star 196

Celebrating because the sisters project has officially gone across canada (this photo is at north america’s most eastern point.)
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8 provinces. 12 cities. 82 participants. all of them ranging from 17 to 81 years of age and working and contributing to countless industries. this trip has taught me so much and i thank every single person who participated and gave their time and energy to making this project more diverse with their unique and valuable perspectives.
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thank you most of all to the @inspiritfdn for funding the tour and allowing me to spend my summer making art, telling stories, and using my tools to promote change.
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stay tuned as i release photographs & stories from the tour on @the.sisters.project , and as the stories get shared on other platforms, including my upcoming exhibition at the @ricgallery
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August 2018 comment 15 star 239

Views from my time in st. john’s 😍 #thesistersprojectgoesacrosscanada

August 2018 comment 3 star 106

“advancing gender equality is most important to me. i believe more attention and effort needs to be made to ensure we are supporting and uplifting women and girls both domestically and internationally. there is a considerable amount of work that needs to be done to address factors like conflict and war, poverty, access to health care and equal opportunity which continue to disadvantage women and girls from succeeding. as a woman of the south-asian diaspora, advocating for gender equality means talking about power and privilege, challenging gender and cultural norms and understanding the different intersections of my identity in shaping my lived experience.”
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laveza is 25 and a member outreach & government relations coordinator at the alberta council for global cooperation. her work allows her “to engage civil society, private sector, and multiple levels of government to work collectively to advance sustainable development in alberta, canada and internationally.” her proudest achievement is that she was “selected to attend and participate as an official canadian delegate for the high-level political forum at the united nations.” she continued, “this is my proudest accomplishment because this opportunity is monumental to the unfolding of my career. i’ve dreamt of the moment in which i would stand within the united nations feeling a sense of pride of how far i’ve come while being able to envision the years that await me.” laveza’s hobbies include reading books, particularly by women of colour and from different diasporas, and finding herself in new environments that will offer her a new perspective. the one thing laveza knows for sure is that “there is immense power in people mobilizing for causes/issues they are passionate about and their ability to transpire change.” she hopes that she is perceived as a leader, an advocate, and an ally.
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March 2019 comment 18 star 607

Mount royal between shoots 💕 #thesistersprojectgoesacrosscanada

June 2018 comment 2 star 186

Saw some old friends and made some new in my visit to ottawa. this city is brimmed with inspiring change makers and activists of all ages. next stop: halifax #thesistersprojectgoesacrosscanada

June 2018 comment 0 star 90

My 12th and final stop on my cross canada tour was st. john’s, nl. of course, it was such a beautiful city to end the trip on, but i also met the most beautiful people there. i was shown such kindness and generosity from people who i had only just met. that’s one of my favourite things about creating @the.sisters.project is meeting and connecting with incredible people i wouldn’t have otherwise. this photograph is from a bonfire i was invited to on my last night of the trip. 💕 #thesistersprojectgoesacrosscanada

August 2018 comment 2 star 125

I have a thing for ferry boats #thesistersprojectgoesacrosscanada

June 2018 comment 6 star 137