Being a Black Muslim woman can be extremely challenging as you can get targeted from three different angles, your race, your religion and your gender. These are all groups in society that are marginalised whether it’s racism, Islamophobia or Sexism.
Personally, I have never let people’s ignorance define me. If anything, I’ve used it as a motivator to continue working hard and making sure that people like myself are heard and represented.
When it comes to my professional life, I always make sure that a company is right for me before accepting the job offer. One key factor I do look for is diversity as I never want to be a token or a box that someone can tick to meet their diversity requirements just for the sake of it.
Moving to London and working at BT has been great as I feel represented. Being a Black Muslim woman has never held me back here. Throughout my time on the Grad scheme I was given the opportunity to work in various teams across Enterprise. The people I have met and worked with on my journey come from all over and are a great network to reach out to. I have learnt a lot and I am thankful to everyone who has helped me along the way. I look forward to continuing my BT journey and seeing where it takes me.