“I feel like I’m constantly trying to prove people wrong. It can get a bit exhausting.” – Haleema Akhtar is a Virago Woman

Haleema works as a project coordinator at the Muslim Council for Britain, as a charity worker, and as a vocal supporter of Muslim women’s representation.

My religion is something that really influences me, so my life motto is about always being good to people and not expecting anything in return. I think that’s like a core religious belief.

A Still from the video of inspirational woman Haleema Aktar a Muslim headscarf wearing young woman “We see it in the media, this narrative that Muslim women are victims, and Muslim women are really weak, and I’m the opposite of that.”

The biggest difficulty in my life comes from that, from seeing this representation of myself that’s just not true. It’s really hard because it influences the way other people perceive who I am in my day to day tasks.

“I feel like I’m constantly trying to prove people wrong. It can get a bit exhausting.”

 Hear Haleema’s life motto, and her advice for young women going through difficulties:

By Rose Nugee

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