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About Shireen Ahmed

Shireen Ahmed is a writer, public speaker and Sports Activist focusing on Muslim women in Sports, and the intersections of racism and misogyny in sport. She is an athlete, advocate, community organizer, and works with Youth of Colour on empowerment projects and is an avid sports coach and mentor. She is a regular contributor to Muslimah Media Watch and a former Global Sports Correspondent for Safe World For Women and Muslim Women in Sports website.

She is part of a team of five women who create the weekly Burn It All Down podcast, which is the first feminist sports podcast that analyzes sports culture from an intersectional feminist lens.

Shireen has lectured and presented her work at a number of post-secondary institutions in Canada, the United States and England.

She is on the advisory board of the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) organization for the INSPIRE project that helps refugees using football as a vehicle to resettlement. She is also on the advisory board for Hijabi Ballers. Shireen was a moderator for the Screening Committee of the Canadian Sport Film Festival 2018. 

Her work has been featured and discussed in the Burn it All Down podcast, Sports Illustrated, espnW, The Guardian, Teen Vogue, Huffington Post, The Establishment, Vice Sports, Rewire, Bitch Media, The Shadow League, FanSided, Racialicious, Mic, Footynions, Soccer Politics/ The Politics of Football, A Football Report, Football Beyond Borders, The National Post, Globe and Mail, CBC, Today's Parent, International Museum of Women, Best Health Magazine, Aquila Style, Islamic Monthly, Chatelaine, Muslim Voices, Women Talk Sports, Media Diversified, Women’s Sport Trust (UK) and Edge of Sports Radio.

Shireen’s piece on rape apologia by Muslim basketball fans was published in Best Canadian Sports Writing 2017. Her column “Moving the Chains” was the most widely read series at ProDay Media. Shireen was also the guest editor of Mizna's 36th journal issue titled "The Playing Field."

Shireen’s blog “Tales from a Hijabi Footballer”, where her passion for sport, politics and women’s issues collide, has been recognized by Sports Media for its candid discussions. She is currently working on her first book and drinks a lot of coffee. Shireen lives in Mississauga, Canada with her family and her amazing cat, Sitara.

You can listen to Shireen's podcast, read Shireen's writing, listen or watch her most recent appearances, see her past and upcoming events, read answers to her most frequently asked questions and answers to interviews she's completed, see testimonials about Shireen, view her blog, or get in touch.

Follow her on Twitter: @_shireenahmed_