November 10, 2013

Our Women

Zainab Khan

Clinical psychologist and advocate for global education and gender equality. Zainab has worked with survivors of domestic violence, primarily with the South Asian community. An artist, Zainab’s pieces have been featured in numerous exhibitions globally, primarily focusing on women’s rights.

Raheel Raza

President of The Council for Muslims Facing Tomorrow. Raheel is an author, professional speaker, and founder of Forum 4 Learning, which promotes learning in the fields of cultural and religious diversity and interfaith harmony. Raheel is the author of Their Jihad…Not My Jihad. She also works as a freelance journalist and documentary filmmaker. Raheel frequently speaks at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. She is the first Muslim woman in Canada to lead mixed gender prayers.

Juliana Taimoorazy

Founder of the Iraqi Christian Relief Council, a non-profit organization that helps foster awareness about the plight of Iraqi Christians, and to raise funds to deliver food and medicine to Iraq. Juliana, an Assyrian Christian, fled Iran in 1989 due to religious persecution. She advocates for persecuted Christians in the Middle East and in Washington, DC, in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. 

Nazanin Afshin-Jam

President and Co-Founder of Stop Child Executions, an international organization that works to end executions of juveniles worldwide. Nazanin is the recipient of several human rights awards and has spoken at the United Nations and the European Union. In addition to activist work, Nazanin is an author, actor, model and former Miss World Canada.

Raquel Saraswati

Activist, writer and commentator on issues related to Islam, human rights and international affairs. She lectures and publishes internationally on topics including honor-based violence, forced and child marriage, the challenge of political Islam, and the role of women in transforming the Muslim world.

Fahima Hashim

Director, Salmmah Women’s Resource Centre in Khartoum, Sudan. Fahima is a women’s rights activist, researcher and trainer. Her work focuses on women’s rights and sexuality, violence against women and youth in conflict and post-conflict situations. She is a member of the Advisory Committee of the International Campaign to Stop Rape and Gender Violence in Conflict, led by the Nobel Women Initiative, and a council member of Women Living under Muslim Laws Network.

Nazie Eftekhari

Founder, Chair and CEO of HealthEZ, Inc. Nazie is a board member of the Iranian-American Political Action Committee and founder of The Araz Group, the first preferred provider organization in the U.S. In 2011, she established The Foundation for the Children of Iran.

Jazvinder Sanghera

Founder and Chief Executive of Karma Nirvana, a UK-based nationwide helpline supporting all those impacted by forced marriages and honor-based violence. Jasvinder is a survivor of a forced marriage. She is also the author of two bestselling books, Shame and Daughters of Shame, as well as the recently-published Shame Travels. She has been credited for her role in bringing about the Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act of 2007. Jasvinder has been recognized as an Ambassador for Peace by the Women’s Federation of Peace and was awarded the Pride of Britain award in 2009. On March 24, 2013, Jasvinder was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) by the Queen.

Manda Zand Ervin

Founder and President of the Alliance of Iranian Women. Manda is an Iranian political refugee working to bring attention to the plight of Iranian women under Islamic Sharia laws. In 2009, Manda was the featured speaker on Iran at the G-8 International Conference on Violence Against Women. She is the winner of the Speaker of Truth award.