Nasreen sheikh

Nasreen sheikh - 2019 Nominee
Position: CEO
Current Location: USA
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Change Maker
    Awarding Organization:
    Chicago Fair Trade
    Date Awarded:
    March 14, 2018
75 Public Votes Reached!
Nasreen born in an undocumented village in India, She doesn't know her real age, She was child labor, &she is first women in village history to escape a forced marriage. now she trains 100's of women to be a social entrepreneur, – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Although only 10 years ago, Nasreen could barely read or write, she is now giving talks around the world, about her work and the plight of child laborers and survivors of forced marriage. She has been a speaker for large international conferences such as the Foreign Trade Association in Brussels, Google in America, TED, etc. Nasreen deeply believes in order to end poverty, disease, and modern slavery, Each family needs to empower and most important each mother needs to empower with an understanding how important it is to make a family planning before she starts a family. Nasreen open first Women's Empowerment center through her experience which took her almost 8 years to complete. And now that center teaches 100's of women to do conscious family planning.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

what it was like to be born into an undocumented environment where you have no Social Security number or Driver License, passport or marriage certificate, bank accounts, and credit cards. Which means we were silent in our action, opinions, and emotions, Even If someone employs us as slave labor or murdered us there will be no police report. Nasreen has overcome but millions of them are still stuck.
Family Planning is a solution for all the above problems.

Give one or two examples of how you display leadership in your family planning work.:

I am 20- something-year-old--I don’t know my birth date or my exact age because in my Indian village girls’ births are not recorded in any official record. From the moment of their birth, rural girls are told that their existence is unremarkable. But I have proven that is wrong. I escaped child labor and am the first girl in my village to escape a forced marriage, I am now a social entrepreneur helping other women do the same through Local Women’s Handicrafts, and LOCWOM.Org

If you are named a winner of 120 under 40, how will you use this new platform and the $1000 grant to advance your work? :

My aim to empower 10,000 Women in the world poorest regions by 2020. Your Support will provide building materials, toilet, kitchen and garden for the Women's Empowerment Center and a stipend for women to be trained for the first 6 months in literacy, family planning, and social and environmental awareness and leaderships skills.

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