Sarah Imran – Women Deliver
2020

Sarah Imran

  • Age: 30
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We all have power. What’s important to remember is to stay tender with our power. In this fight for gender equality, we must never fight to injure, but rather fight to uplift. We must all fight to lift each other up to end the dominance of any gender.

- Sarah Imran

Bio

Sarah Imran is originally from Pakistan and currently lives in the United States. She received a Master of Education in Community Development and Action from Vanderbilt University in 2017. As the Director of Policy and Research at Metro Human Rights Commission, Sarah leads all research programs and projects. Her work includes researching civil and human rights challenges, and based on this research, creating policy recommendations for the Mayor’s office, city council, other departments, as well as for community stakeholders. Sarah’s work addresses systemic inequalities and injustices such as poverty, homelessness, the lack of affordable housing, sex trafficking, treatment of minorities, and systemic racism. As a board member at Advocates for Women’s and Kids’ Equality, Sarah has helped develop and implement a curriculum for female survivors of sex trafficking. In this role, she advocates for policy change to combat gender-based violence and increase protections for women and children. Additionally, Sarah is a junior board member at YWCA.

What ignited your pursuit for gender equality?

Gender inequality was an injustice that I saw far too often growing up in Pakistan. With the exception of a few urban cities, girls and women are stifled in the opportunities that they can pursue. This was an injustice that I began to feel deeply when I was really young. Ever since I became involved with women's rights work in high school, I have continued to be deeply involved with gender justice week – academically, professionally, and through community organizing and volunteer work.

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

By serving on the board of a women’s rights organization, I have researched, drafted, and advocated for the passing of multiple bills related to domestic violence prevention and child sexual abuse prevention.

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

I enjoy reading, cooking, painting, hiking, and traveling. Most of all, I enjoy spending time with loved ones.

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