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About Me

Zainab Zeb Khan is an award winning artist, activist, TED speaker, and international human rights professional. Zainab’s articles and pieces have appeared in major news outlets, including the Huffington Post, CNN, ABC News, Fox, The Guardian, Daily Beast, World Pulse, The Economist, and the United Nations Association. She was one of the co-curators for International Museum of Women’s exhibition, Muslimah: Muslim Women’s Arts and Voices. She is also in the groundbreaking film, Honor Diaries, the first film to break the silence about honor based violence against women. She has been a speaker at prestigious venues and conferences including Seneca Falls Women’s Rights Conference, Museum of Tolerance, Capitol Hill, Women’s Funding Network, and United Nations Foundation.

Zainab was awarded the prestigious Racial and Social Justice Award from YWCA Chicago 2014. Her art has been used by various organizations to help facilitate progressive change, including UNICEF, Afghan Women’s Writing Project, Holiday Heroes Foundation, and Malala Fund. Zainab’s works address the historical and current complexities of social justice; women’s rights; and gender equality. She was an appointed delegate for UNA-USA for the 59th Commission on the Status of Women. Zainab holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology.

Zainab is the President of MALA: Muslim American Leadership Alliance, a civil rights non-profit organization that serves to recognize the United States’ bedrock principles of freedom, individuality, and pluralism with the Muslim American identity. MALA’s mission is to provide a platform for Muslim Americans to include their unique stories; mentor emerging young community leaders; develop constructive solutions to counter extremism; and advocate for international human rights.

MALA is an alliance of leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators who commit their resources and enthusiasm towards supporting projects that implement education and awareness, reducing discrimination, skill sharing, and global connectivity. It celebrates a diverse range of perspectives and individuality. MALA embraces the values of individual freedom, human rights, gender equality, and democracy as cherished universal ideals.


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