Sham-e-Ali Nayeem


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‘NAPAWF is building a movement to advance social justice and human rights for API women and girls”

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Sham-E-Ali is inspiring, kind and passionate — all attributes of a leader in our community.  She is one of 15 leaders featured in NAPAWF’s 15 APA Women Spotlight Campaign celebrating 15 years of advocacy for APA women and girls.  Sham is currently the Program Director of Leeway Foundation in Philadelphia funding women and transgender artists who create art for social change, a poet/author, and public interest attorney.

Sham-e-Ali was born in Hyderabad, India and raised in both the UK and the US.  A previous recipient of the Echoing Green Fellowship, Sham-e-Ali is a poet and a public interest lawyer.   In 1997, she initiated a welfare rights program for survivors of family and intimate partner violence to challenge the devastating impact of “welfare reform” in NYC.  The program provided free walk-in legal clinics at soup kitchens, food pantries, and domestic violence shelters throughout the city.  Sham-e-Ali’s poetry has appeared in publications such as,SALT Journal, SAMAR, Roots & Culture Magazine, and Mizna,and can be found in anthologies such as, Shattering the Stereotypes: Muslim Women Speak Out (Olive Branch Press, 2005), Living Islam Out Loud: American Muslim Women Speak(Beacon Press, 2005) and Shout Out: Women of Color Respond to Violence (Seal Press, 2008). Sham-e-Ali has performed her poetry internationally at various events including the Oxford Literary Festival and the “Sister Fire Cultural Arts Tour of Radical Women of Color Artists and Activists”. She is a mother to one 9-year-old boy who is her inspiration.

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