WOTW: Zahra Moosajee
Woman of the week
When my parents told my aunts I had gotten into my Masters program, they asked “Why? Hasn’t she studied enough?” They wanted me to settle down and get married. As though that’s the only job a girl must fulfill in life. South Asian girls go through a lot of training to be a good home-keeper, and wife to someone. If they don’t get this message at home, other community members will be quick to pepper in their own advice. I have been a lucky one. My parents stood by my side, and continued to fuel my dreams with their support. Not only did I finish my Masters, (while working through some intense anxiety and self-doubt), but I have also completed two additional qualifications, and am currently pursuing my third. And no, I’m still not married.
I am a self-taught artist, educator, and an entrepreneur. I work full-time at an environmental education non-profit. Just about two years ago, I started my own company: Designs by Z, to share my artwork with everyone. I believe in creating art that celebrates the beauty of the world, and its people. I create commissioned artwork and apply bridal/party henna. My henna is made with all natural, organic, and sustainably sourced products.
Feminism to me is the freedom to do what we want, and the acceptance to be who we are without the fear of judgment. My hope for future female leaders is that their light is never diminished. Instead, their light should be nurtured and cared for by us all. “Empowered women, empower women” – Author Unknown