Shyda Rashid, Domestic Violence Program Advocate, joined Sakhi for South Asian Women in December 2015. Shyda is committed to serving communities that build equity, and advocate for social justice. As an immigrant herself, Shyda is deeply passionate about providing culturally specific linguistic services to the victims of domestic violence in the South Asian community in New York.
Shyda has worked with Turning Point for Women and Families as an Education and Outreach Coordinator and successfully raised awareness of domestic violence-related services within the South Asian community, particularly among the Bangladeshi community, in NYC. Prior to that she worked as a Consular Officer for nine years at the British Embassy in Dhaka, Bangladesh providing consular assistance to British citizens with regard to forced marriage, domestic violence, missing persons, child abduction, life threats and arrest cases.
Shyda has an MSW and is fluent in Bengali and conversational in Hindi/Urdu. Shyda enjoys the simplicity of life, and loves traveling, shopping, and spending time with family. She is passionate about helping and supporting women in distress and finds working in direct service and helping domestic violence survivors overcome hurdles an extremely rewarding experience.