Nadiah Mohajir is a lifelong Chicagoan, Pakistani-American-Muslim, mother of three, public health professional, reproductive justice activist, and anti-sexual assault advocate.
She is the Founder and Executive Director for HEART Women & Girls. For the last seven years, she has led the organization to provide sexual health education and sexual violence awareness programming and advocacy to thousands of individuals, organizations, and campuses across the country. HEART has broken many cultural barriers, raising awareness and advocating for important issues such as sexual and reproductive health, sexual violence, and media literacy. HEART ultimately aims to dismantle the stigma, silence, and systems that prevent individuals from seeking information, healing, and justice.
Nadiah has worked in public health and reproductive justice for over ten years in a variety of settings, including, but not limited to research, academics, policy, and community health. Her past work includes projects such as redesigning teen pregnancy programs, improving pregnancy outcomes of low-income women in Chicago, running sex education programming for vulnerable youth, and evaluating innovative cross-sector partnerships in public health.
She earned her Master’s degree in Public Health in 2009 from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy Studies from the University of Chicago. Nadiah has also participated in a number of fellowships, including the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute, Germanacos Fellowship and is a recipient of the Women’s Innovation Fund. She currently serves on the board of directors for the National Women’s Health Network.
HEART Women and Girls
HEART Women and Girls promotes sexual health and sexual violence awareness in Muslim communities through health education, advocacy, research, and training.