A Note from Nadiah, Co-founder & Director, HEART Women & Girls
HEART was founded due to a need to give women and girls in the faith-based community a safe platform to have honest discussions about sensitive topics such as body image, reproductive health, and self-esteem. Our workshops facilitated an opportunity for women and girls to develop skills to serve as a resource of health information in their communities. We’ve made dozens of connections to help enhance our work and are thankful to our loyal supporters. We’ve worked in private and public schools, Islamic school programs, youth groups and community groups. We’ve traveled to both coasts and around the Chicagoland area.
At this time, HEART is undergoing some transition and reorganization. Ayesha Akhtar will be stepping down from her day-to-day role as Policy and Research Director and Board Member to attend to her increasing responsibility with the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago. During this transition, HEART’s board, along with its Executive Director, Nadiah Mohajir, will engage in numerous strategic planning and reorganization meetings in order to plan for a re-launch in early 2014, God willing. Despite these changes, HEART staff remains dedicated to its mission and believe these changes to be in the best interest of the organization and its future.
By the end of this year, please expect an updated website, exciting programming for 2014, and a pioneering toolkit on the need for sexual health education programming for Muslim youth.
Let us know if you have any further questions or concerns. We’re happy to continue the conversation, and as always you can find us on our facebook page, and look out for our new website in the coming months. Feel free to also contact us via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Until then, we hope that you will continue to spread our important message to your friends and family: it takes HEART to grow. Health Education. Advocacy. Research. Training.
Wishing you all a healthy and prosperous Fall,
The HEART Women & Girls Team