At veza, we honour the work of inspiring leaders every single day. Not just the known and notable but rather, everyday women who are drawing upon and celebrating their culture while making a lasting difference in their community using their gifts. From authors and teachers, CEOs to entrepreneurs, not-for-profit directors, artists, and more, these women are changing the face of leadership.

These are truly women to watch and veza community is so pleased to share their brilliance.

May their stories inspire YOU to rise.

Meet Hasina Juma.

Hasina Juma is a thought leader who uses her own lived experience to boldly raise awareness about bisexual people of colour with a focus on the South Asian community. Through her website, she courageously talks about her journey of finding spheres of belonging in her world given she is accepted in her country of residence, perceived as committing in a sin by being bisexual in her religion and is seen as invisible in the Canadian South Asian community. Her website also focuses about the journey of living in the shadow of her sexuality to rising up to be bold, beautiful and bisexual. Her readers find her posts honest, insightful, inspiring and thought-provoking!

Tell me in 100 words who you are? How would you describe yourself.

So tell us, Hasina: What inspires you most? What motivates you to get up every morning?

My motivation is to be a better version of myself than yesterday. My inspiration is to provide a positive representation of what is means to a be a bisexual through my way of being.

What is it that you feel that you teach others through how you act/show up each day?

To empower individuals to embrace their sexual orientation by pushing past the barriers placed on individuals by culture, society and religion. With this approach, your sexual orientation isn’t something that holds you back, but propels you forward and allows you thrive in life.

Generally individuals who hide their sexuality suffer in silence and carry a heavy burden in life which effects their sense of self worth, their sense of belonging in the world, their relationships with others and whether or not they play big or small in the world. One way to change this reality is to embrace your sexual orientation.

What is one change you’d like to see in the world?

I’d like to see various communities (religious, social, family and ethnic communities) create safe and welcoming spaces so people can truly be who they are without feeling like being themselves will result in them being judged, stereotyped or ostracized. With this approach, we can rise up together by using each person’s strength to build communities where everyone benefits.

Which of your contributions to date have given you the greatest sense of pride?

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