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Contact Shahana: shahana.hanif at gmail.com
Shahana is a community organizer, disability rights activist, and writer born and raised in New York’s Bangladeshi Kensington, Brooklyn enclave. Her writing reimagines feminist futures and daringly challenges the ways in which our communities understand disability and women's sexuality.
She recently returned from Bangladesh where she stayed for seven months learning to read and write Bangla, cultivating transnational sisterhood with feminist leaders in the Global South, and deepening her scholarship around disability and Lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease she's surviving since 2008.
Shahana was previously a tenant organizer at CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities, organizing low-income, working class, limited English proficient Bangladeshi public housing tenants around immigrant power, language access, and housing rights. She is the founder of Bangla4Justice — Justice Translators, a Bengali/Bangla resource for urgent social justice, community organizing, and feminist translation needs in NYC. Shahana also co-founded the NYC chapter of the Muslim Writers Collective, a storytelling and literary open-mic platform for Muslim Americans. She serves as co-director of a Bangladeshi community organizers' network for women called Naree Shongothok: Bangladeshi Women Organizing for Social Change, based in NYC.
She's performed her work at the South Asian adaptation of The Vagina Monologues (Yoni Ki Raat NYC), The Muslim Writers Collective, and other NYC-based events. Her writing has been published on Love, InshAllah, Sexuality & Disability Blog, The Tempest, and her blog Shahana With Lupus.
Shahana is available as a source and for personal essays and opinion editorial
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Languages: English (Fluent), Bangla/Bengali (Fluent)