A Note from Nadiah, Co-founder & Director, HEART Women & Girls
Greetings of Peace!
With a successful event at University of Chicago, a blog raising awareness about important issues, and a pioneering toolkit on how to engage youth in conversations about reproductive health, we are excited to see HEART expand its work in 2014.
Earlier this month, we hosted a storytelling and design thinking workshop called Sharing Our Stories, Understanding the Muslim Woman’s Reproductive & Mental Health Experiences. We were honored to have young, energetic women brave the snow and drive out from as far as Champaign, Streamwood, and Naperville to spend the day with us as we shared stories and brainstormed creative solutions.
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, and our workshop earlier this month is the first of many in 2014 that will be aiming to create that safe space and facilitate overdue conversations. Read here for a detailed reflection on why this event was so important from one of our participants. Please also take brief survey about your experiences with reproductive health education. It will help us continue to inform our future programming.
We hope you also have the time to check out our blog for some important posts exploring sexual violence, reproductive health and sex education, and numerous other important topics.
Finally, so thrilled to introduce to you our first toolkit - Sex Education for Muslim Youth: Starting the Conversation. In this first-of-its-kind guide, you will learn about why it’s important to start engaging Muslim youth in conversations about their sexual health, and find useful steps on how to do so in a way that is accurate and comprehensive while still taking into consideration their cultural and religious context.
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.
Looking forward to seeing you this year,
Nadiah Mohajir, MPH
Co-founder & Executive Director
HEART Women & Girls
HEART Women & Girls is an IRS 501(c)(3) non profit organization. Your donations are fully tax-deductible to the extent of the law. (EIN/Tax ID: 27-3625796)