Next up on our newest hires is Sondous! A Palestinian organizer, researcher, and birthworker based in Charlotte, NC : “My hobbies include reading, baking, jewelry-making, and woodwork. I enjoy good food, good company, and the beauty of living in the moment. I’m excited to take on the role of a Community Organizer at Muslim Women For! I hope to deepen my community engagement in the Charlotte area and enhance my understanding of social justice issues that affect our local community. My proudest achievement is my peer-reviewed research study, Perceived Gynecological Needs Among Muslim Women in Southern US, that was published in McGill Journal of Medicine in November 2020! I’m a strong advocate for reproductive justice; my goal is to ensure that all members of our community, especially marginalized Muslims, have access to ancestral knowledge and evidence-based information to make the best decisions about their bodies and relationships.
I love being a resource to my community by sharing knowledge and collaborating to create a more hopeful future where we all have the education and resources needed to nurture our sexual and reproductive health. I have experience hosting events, discussions, and trainings to engage peers in dialogues about healthy relationships and promote safer sex behaviors. I use a public health approach to research, design, and implement educational initiatives for my community as part of being a life-long teacher and learner. I see this as an effective form of intervention to public health issues that our communities are facing. I find joy in building community by connecting people and holding meaningful conversations. I want to bring people together and share resources and insight because after all, community is all we have and community-building is what will sustain us.”