Zainab Zeb Khan is an award-winning artist, activist, TED speaker, and international human rights professional with extensive work experience and a proven record in advocacy, policy, campaigns, and strategic management with International NGOs. She is an expert on gender disparity; gender-based violence; integrated psycho-social-economic approaches to gender inequalities, and overall implementation of programs and policies for the empowerment of women. She was featured in the groundbreaking documentary Honor Diaries, the first film to break the silence on honor-based violence perpetrated against women.
Zainab's articles and pieces have appeared in the Huffington Post, CNN, ABC News, Fox, The Nation, The Guardian, The Economist, and the United Nations Foundation. She has been a keynote speaker at prestigious venues and conferences including the Seneca Falls Women's Rights Conference, the Museum of Tolerance, the United Nations Foundation, UCLA, and the University of Chicago, to name a few.
Zainab was awarded the prestigious Racial and Social Justice Award from YWCA Chicago 2014. Her art has been used by various organizations to help facilitate progressive change, including UNICEF, the Afghan Women's Writing Project, Human Development Foundation, and the Malala Fund. Zainab’s works address the historical and current complexities of social justice, women’s rights, and gender equality. She was an appointed delegate for UNA-USA for the 59th Commission on the Status of Women.
Zainab is the President of MALA: Muslim American Leadership Alliance, a new non-profit organization that serves to recognize America's bedrock principles of freedom, individuality, and pluralism. MALA provides a platform to share diverse stories that celebrate individuality. It aims to mentor emerging young community leaders, develop constructive solutions to counter extremism, and advocate for international human rights. Its goal is to help Muslim-Americans be proud of their identity, to strengthen social cohesion in America, and to secure basic human rights in Muslim-majority countries.