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Urooj Arshad

Director, LGBTQ Youth Health and Rights Programs
Washington, DC

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Urooj Arshad helps build Muslim youth education efforts around reproductive health and rights, and is a prominant voice in the intersectional LGBTQ-Muslim space.


Urooj Arshad currently serves as the Director of International Youth Health and Rights Programs at Advocates for Youth, where she helps build the capacity of youth-driven organizations in the global south and east. She also manages a project focused on building the capacity of organizations working in the U.S with Muslim youth around sexual education, reproductive health, and rights. Ms. Arshad is the co-founder of the Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity (MASGD), which addresses the intersectional impact of Islamophobia, homophobia, and transphobia. She has been a member of the Center for American Progress’ Women’s Health Leadership Network, and was a fellow with the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute. She is currently on the Kalamazoo College Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership Global Advisory’s Board and the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice’s Board. Urooj was selected to serve on the U.S delegation to the 59th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.


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Women's Issues, Youth/Families, Discrimination and Bigotry, Islam, LGBTQ, Health

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