Empowering Inspiration in Every Team Member
Empowerment Collective's unique board and team structure, comprising survivors and individuals with lived experiences, is purposefully designed to foster a culture of integrity and honor, inspiring every team member to passionately serve and make a meaningful impact in the movement to end modern slavery.
Empowerment Collective, founded by Nasreen Sheikh, a survivor of modern slavery, stands as a inspiring force in the global movement to end modern slavery now. Our unique structure, comprising survivors and individuals with lived experiences, infuses every action with integrity and honor, inspiring our team to effect meaningful change. By empowering survivors towards economic independence and leadership, challenging stereotypes, and advocating for ethical practices and policies. Empowerment Collective not only transforms individual lives but also shapes societal norms, driving us closer to a world where freedom and dignity are inalienable human rights.
Our Board & Team
Founder & Board Chair
Nasreen serves as the founder and Board Chair of the Empowerment Collective. Nasreen’s incredible life experiences are a symbol of extraordinary resilience and leadership. As a survivor of modern slavery in the forms of child labor and forced marriage, she has over come great challenges empower herself and become an artist, author, entrepreneur, and international speaker.
Nasreen perspectives and strategy for solutions stand as the foundation of Empowerment Collectives mission, championing the cause of a transparent global economic system, focusing on critical issues such as supply chain transparency, corporate responsibility, and the enactment of effective modern slavery legislation. Nasreen’s incredibly moving and inspiring keynotes and speeches have reached influential international platforms, including the United Nations, the European Union, and within major corporate settings such as Google and Amazon.
Her ability to engage with influential personalities on the issues of modern slavery, including Gloria Steinem and Pope Francis, significantly amplifies her efforts and voice in the moment to End Modern Slavery Now!
Board Member & Treasurer
A survivor of modern slavery, Sana has triumphed over extreme poverty and an early arranged marriage. Her experience has inspired a deep commitment to empowering survivors in rural Indian communities, particularly in Bihar, through innovative micro-finance initiatives.
Balancing her role as a mother to two daughters, Sana is motivated by a profound desire to protect them from the hardships she faced. This personal drive is a key factor in her dedication to her work. Sana's intimate understanding of the challenges associated with poverty has endowed her with a unique insight into the transformative potential of financial empowerment.
As Treasurer of Empowerment Collective, Sana utilizes her knowledge in grassroots micro-finance to make strategic allocations that benefit the community. Her efforts are focused on creating sustainable and cyclical impacts, reinforcing the fundamental objectives of our organization.
Board Member & Secretary
As secretary of Empowerment Collective, Rubina’s highly skilled grassroots leader, and joins the Empowerment Collective with a rich human services background spanning over a decade in aiding survivors of modern slavery. Her deep-rooted understanding of leveraging local resources for the benefit of victims underscores her incredible dedication to fostering impactful societal change.
Rubina's expertise extends beyond advocacy for survivors; she possesses a delicate grasp of navigating complex social issues, including caste and class dynamics, economic inequalities, and climate justice concerns. Rubina has pursued a steadfast commitment to education and personal development. Her extensive experience and specialized knowledge make her an invaluable member of our board at Empowerment Collective.
Rubina's contributions are characterized by a blend of passion and professionalism, essential qualities for addressing the multifaceted challenges faced by survivors of modern slavery.
Irshad’s life story, marked by overcoming formidable challenges in a predominantly male-dominated society, serves as an inspiration to many. As a mother of six, Irshad has demonstrated remarkable strength and determination. In her respected role as an elder within her rural community, Irshad Begam offers invaluable guidance to young women grappling with the intricacies of modern slavery.
Her efforts have been so important in guiding many at risk people away from the hardship of forced marriages, supporting choices rooted in love and mutual respect. This guidance not only reflects her deep understanding of societal and cultural sensitivities, but also her commitment to empowering women to make informed decisions about their lives.
She is a strong proponent of access to nutritious food and clean water, recognizing the fundamental importance of these resources in achieving holistic community well-being. Her dedication in this area further illustrates her comprehensive approach to societal improvement.
Rita Kumari Ram
Rita is a incredibly strong survivor of modern slavery, she is the very symbol of resilience in the face of deep-seated discrimination, particularly in the face of the profound challenges associated with being from the 'untouchable' caste in rural Nepal. This marginalized group, historically deemed as 'Dalits' and subjected to severe social ostracization, faces significant obstacles in terms of social mobility, access to resources, and basic human rights.
Rita's journey, overcoming the entrenched stigma and discrimination inherent in her caste status, shows her remarkable dedication over the past decade, focused on empowering women within these communities, where caste-based discrimination exacerbates gender inequities. As a mother to three daughters and a committed wife, Rita's personal experiences have deepened her resolve to advocate for the freedom and safety of women and girls, especially those from Dalit backgrounds.
Her advocacy is shaped by her personal experiences and her first hand knowledge of the specific challenges faced by women from 'untouchable' castes. These challenges include restricted access to education, healthcare, and economic opportunities, heightened vulnerability to exploitation and abuse, and a pervasive lack of social justice.
A d v i s o r y P a r t n e r s
The advisory partners of Empowerment Collective are pivotal in our mission, and we deeply appreciate their belief in the power of survivor-led organizations. At Empowerment Collective, we provide our advisory partners with a unique opportunity to be part of something groundbreaking. By supporting our efforts, they play a crucial role in propelling survivors of modern slavery into leadership roles, offering mentorship that helps these brave individuals become agents of global change. This collaborative approach not only aids in the fight to end modern slavery but also fosters an environment of empowerment and innovation.