sister-hood is an award-winning digital magazine spotlighting the diverse voices of women of Muslim heritage.

Author

Sana Ahmed

Sana is a writer living in California. Torontonian at heart, she loves art, design and photography and is an advocate for mental health.
Experiences

The hairy side of beauty

After spending some of my pre-teen years in Karachi, Pakistan, I learnt that beauty was simple: fair meant beautiful, hairy meant ugly.  This is an inconvenient truth, that can be corroborated by most South Asian and Middle-Eastern women. The goal…

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Experiences

Giving up smoking

I was so obsessed with smoking that I got this silly shirt custom made to pay homage to cigarettes. I used to smoke cigarettes. I had my first one at sixteen years of age, in a park with my Yugoslavian…

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Experiences

What’s in a name?

‘Typecast as a Terrorist’ is a poignantly penned essay on what it means to be brown and/or Muslim in the post-9/11 world. Whether it’s regarding farcical stops at the airport, or being typecast and stereotyped, actor Riz Ahmed writes a…

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Interviews and Reviews

Film, feminism, sexuality and Pakistan

Filmmaker Anam Abbas doesn’t subscribe to self-victimisation. It’s a topic that springs up regularly in her work though. In fact, whether it’s her feature documentary, Zunn: Showgirls of Pakistan, or the popular web series, Ladies Only, Abbas positions her protagonists…

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Experiences

Why I rejected religion

My parents were never that religious. I remember my father criticizing the Saudis, who naturally many Muslims gravitate towards, since most of Islam’s holiest sites happen to be located in that vicinity. Some Pakistanis even like the Saudi version of…

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Experiences

The highs and lows of bipolar

My name is Sana. I am 31 years old, mother to a little baby girl, and wife to a major techie. I’m also a writer, journalist and artist. As much as I dislike the usage of labels, you can add…

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