“I think representation is very important, especially at a young age. When you’re young, you look up to people you can relate to and you kind of mimic what they do. If you see women, empowered women doing big things, then you will kind of get the encouragement to actually go out and do something for yourself.”
Amina Mohamed is using her voice to make sports more inclusive.
During her senior year of high school at Dakota Collegiate, an official called Amina out during a basketball game because of the pin she used to hold her hijab in place. Having never been confronted with this issue before, despite wearing a hijab in sports for many years, Amina felt singled out and decided to make sure other girls weren’t put in the same situation.
With the support of her coaches and principal, Amina and her sister Nusaybah found an alternative for Muslim athletes that was comfortable and wouldn’t pose the same safety concerns as using a pin. The following school year, Dakota Collegiate made national headlines as the second school in Canada to offer a sports hijab as part of their team uniforms.
Amina and her sister Nusaybah were presented the 2017 Sybil Shack Human Rights Youth Award for their efforts to ensure all girls can comfortably participate in sports while upholding their religious and cultural beliefs.