A community is transformed when people work together for a common cause. Platform therefore intends to bring people from the academic, religious, business, grassroots, and nonprofit sectors into one space to empower daring women. In this space, these women will learn how to become effective leaders so they can become a platform for the socially marginalized in our communities.
Women have traditionally been oppressed in their communities. As a result, they have developed unique perspectives from their experiences living on the periphery of society. In spite of their potential and actual contributions to the conversation and work to change communities to mainstream the socially marginalized, they have been excluded or relegated to minor roles. Therefore, Platform wants to create the most conducive space to foster creative and constructive atmosphere for daring women to grow as leaders in their communities. We offer resources, network, and workshops to women so that they may take their visions and effectively transform their communities by establishing social justice, human rights, and dignity for everyone.
While our focus is mainly on daring women, our events are open to everyone.
“Progress is never permanent, will always be threatened, must be redoubled, restated and reimagined if it is to survive.”
interview with mariam rauf
Mariam Rauf is the Director of Client Empowerment at Sakhi for South Asian Women. Mariam works closely with local and national leaders to address gender violence and the unique challenges faced by survivors in Asian communities. Prior to joining Sakhi, Mariam spent almost a decade at the Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project (DVRP) in Washington, DC. At DVRP, she led the organization’s communications, training, and outreach programs. Before joining staff, she was on DVRP’s board of directors including serving as board president.