“I didn’t think the things my sister and I did could be done at a young age. So, I would tell young people to just voice your opinion and stand up for what you believe in. It could lead to something great.”
Nusaybah Mohamed is using her voice to make sports more inclusive.
Nusaybah is a Grade 11 student at Dakota Collegiate, and one of the first athletes to wear the school’s new sports hijab. After her sister Amina was called out by a basketball official because of the pin she used to hold her hijab in place, Nusaybah was there to support her and help find a solution.
With help from the school’s coaches and principal, Nusaybah and Amina 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.
Nusaybah and her sister Amina 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.