Gender-based Violence · immigrant experience · public health · Uncategorized

Speaking Against the Silencing of Survivors

It wasn’t easy to think about it…I was afraid to write about this; perhaps that’s the very reason that I should.  **Trigger Warning** – This post is about sexual assault & gender-based violence. Perhaps in the 5th or 6th grade- I remember one Saturday, I was late to the mosque for a weekly session. That day,… Continue reading Speaking Against the Silencing of Survivors

immigrant experience · Uncategorized

Exploring an Identity (Part 2: “Our People v. Your People”)

“ebhabei amader manush jibon katai” (this is how our people spend their lives) – a common preface or ending to any melancholic observation or story. For a long time I thought these people (living in Bangladesh) were “my people,” but I realized it is a difficult concept to grasp. How can they possibly be my… Continue reading Exploring an Identity (Part 2: “Our People v. Your People”)

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Happiness (Reasons why I study Public Health)

Last year, at Stony Brook University’s commencement, Billy Joel said  “If you are not doing what you love, you are wasting your time.” I was brought up to value people, time, and experiences. Abundance comes from the riches of the heart, not money.  According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), 1 in 5 adults… Continue reading Happiness (Reasons why I study Public Health)

public health · Uncategorized

Justice for Tonu & All Women in Bangladesh

On the 45th birthday of my Motherland, it pains me to write of such sadness. My heart aches. It has been for the past few days. I am a female. I have a mother, a sister, a friend. And then there was Tonu, in Bangladesh, who was only 3 years younger than me. There were… Continue reading Justice for Tonu & All Women in Bangladesh