Hafsah Muheed – Women Deliver
2020

Hafsah Muheed

  • Age: 26
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"You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of difference you want make." - Jane Goodall The greatest opportunity we have is that we don’t need someone else to make the world a better place. You and I can start it now.

- Hafsah Muheed

Bio

Hafsah Muheed is an intersectional feminist, human rights advocate, and development and sustainability practitioner with over seven years of grassroots experience on gender, wellbeing, climate change, and human rights. Her skills include managing non-financial risks, developing and implementing policies, strategies, and advocacy campaigns, movement building, project management, resource mobilization, and stakeholder and team management. Presently she works in social sustainability in apparel manufacturing in the private sector where she manages the pillars of diversity and inclusion with a focus on persons with disabilities, women’s empowerment and advocacy, climate change, sustainable development, and health and wellbeing. This is done for 12 business units and communities in Sri Lanka, Jordan, and Indonesia focusing on advocacy, policy, program management, and auditing.

Hafsah currently serves on the Board of Sri Lanka Unites, which is a grassroots youth movement in Sri Lanka working on peacebuilding and reconciliation. She is currently onboarding as a member of the Members Advisory Group of CIVICUS. She also serves as the Secretary for the Adolescent & Youth Constituency, member of Global Steering Committee — Operationalizing Meaningful Adolescents & Youth Engagement of PMNCH. She is currently a member of the Colombo Global Shapers Hub born out of the World Economic Forum and incoming Vice Curator for 2022/23.  She was also a youth ambassador for the UNDP Asia Pacific United Creatives program where she led a team that designed and launched the Think Before Share campaign focusing on misinformation and its impact on women.

She is also founder of Amplifying Impact, a youth-led feminist organization which works via informal structures to ensure safety of the vulnerable populations they work with in the communities. Amplifying Impact works with vulnerable and marginalized populations who cannot exercise their human rights and who are unable to access services that meet their needs. She is also a writer and poet who publishes pieces on human rights and women’s rights and their intersectionality to various focus areas. During her tenure as a visiting lecturer for Pearson Diploma in Business Management, she has been able to incorporate sustainable development agenda into each nodule to create awareness. She also uses poetry as an advocacy tool for human and women’s rights via her Medium blog.

Hafsah currently represents Youth Advocacy Network Sri Lanka, a youth-led organization working towards realizing sexual and reproductive health rights of Sri Lankans at SYAN, a regional health network focusing on adolescent and youth health, on behalf of Sri Lanka. She is humbled to be recognized as a Women Deliver Young Leader Class of 2020 & WEDU Global Rising Star.

She was able to represent Sri Lanka as a youth delegate at Youth of United Nations General Assembly (YOUNGA) 2020 organized by ‘Bridging The Gap’. She co-led the thematic area of ‘Good Health and Well-being’ in organizing, hosting youth consultations globally and drafting the recommendations to be presented to the UN General Assembly.

What ignited your pursuit for gender equality?

As a girl, I was told not to aim too high so that I don't scare people. I have been told as a girl my ideas of equality and accessibility were not practical. I realized if it's not available, I will create it, so I made the decision to work in sustainability at a corporation, giving me exposure to the needed equity and accessibility for women from two different environments.

Please share your biggest wins as an advocate for gender equality.

I have advocated, designed, and coordinated programs for economic empowerment and women's empowerment within my organizations and the communities we operate in. Currently, I'm tackling gender-based violence and awareness on SRHR through counseling.

Outside of your gender equality advocacy work, what do you enjoy doing?

Volunteering, reading, and cooking.

Languages Spoken:

  • English (Advanced/Native)
  • Sinhalese (Advanced/Native)
  • Tamil (Elementary)

Speaks On:

  • unconscious bias and accessibility
  • cross-sectional youth engagement in sustainable development
  • tackling GBV and SRHR through counseling

Past Awards, Certifications, or Fellowships:

  • Youth Advocacy Institute by Youth Advocacy Network Sri Lanka & Asia Safe Abortion Partnership
  • Diversity, Accessibility & Respect at MAS Active Trading Pvt Ltd developed by gender consultant from Uniterra

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