Sanah is a queer, Pakistani, Muslim womxn, trainee clinical psychologist, spoken word artist, poet and most recently, a reporter for Channel 4. Her poetry explores intersectional identities, and themes such as sexuality, faith, relationships and mental health. In particular how we can challenge narratives of internalised shame through compassion, radical self-acceptance and writing. Her performance journey began with BBC Words First and since has taken her to the stage of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. She recently won the Outspoken Prize 2019 in the Performance Poetry category for her piece “My Dua is Love”. Sanah works closely with the grassroots organisation Jawaab to help tackle Islamophobia, and her community work has involved collaborating with organisations such as Human Appeal and Childline. Currently, she is conducting research to deconstruct whiteness within clinical psychology, while developing community projects promoting further dialogue around queer and trans people of colour (QTPOC), young people’s mental health, and spaces for queer muslim womxn.
Sanah presented ‘Young, British and Depressed’, a recent Channel 4 Dispatches documentary that aired in July 2019. She is also working with the Women of the World Foundation to bring the conversation of mental health to the forefront for the upcoming festival in March 2020. For Sanah, her work revolves around nurturing love and presence – whether that’s spending time with her chosen family, reading, or listening to stories through music.
Favourite TED Talk:
Brown, Trans, Queer, Muslim and Proud