Age: 51 Years
Profession: Social Worker
Husband: Hansal Mehta
Some lesser known facts about Safina Hussain
- Safina Hussain is an Indian social activist and entrepreneur. Safina recently married Hansal Mehta, a famous film director. Safina Hussain is known for founding a non-profit organization named Educate Girls (EG).
- Safina’s organization strives for the education of girls across India, in an effort to bridge the gender gap.
- After completing her schooling in India, Safina moved to London; Where he completed his graduation.
- After living in London for five years, Safina shifted to San Francisco (Bay Area). There, in 1995, she began her career and began working for an internet startup. He worked there for nine months, after which the startup closed. The startup aims to build a 3D web browser.
- In 1995, he was offered a job at Child Family Health International (CFHI). Safina Hussain worked at CFHI for almost a decade. While working there, he visited various parts of the world such as Ecuador, Mexico, Bolivia, South Africa and India.
- In 2007, Safina Hussain returned to India, where she started her own non-profit organization; Educate girls. When asked about the reasons for coming back to India, Safina said in an interview,
I returned to India to pursue the agenda closest to my heart – that of girls’ education. From the very beginning, I had a strong personal motivation to make a difference in India’s education system, mainly because I found my way through education myself. Goat is an asset, a girl is a liability. Parents do not want to invest in daughter’s education. Why should we send him to school? She will go to her husband’s house to live. What does it mean for him to learn?”
- In 2019, Safina Hussain was invited to a TEDx event where she gave a captivating speech to the audience about her journey, vision and experiences. The video of his speech, uploaded by TEDx, has garnered 1.7 million views.
- In the same year, he was invited to another talk show called TED Talks India: Nayi Soch. The show was hosted by Shahrukh Khan and was aired on Star Plus channel.
- In 2021, Safina Hussain’s non-profit organization signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Directorate of Women’s Empowerment, Government of Rajasthan. Talking about working with the government in an interview, Safina said,
We have to make an alignment with the government. By identifying the government’s priority in certain areas and supporting them to achieve their desired goals, we will have a united vision of success. If the data tells us that the gender gap is greatest in a particular district, we will seek participation and permission from the government to work there. ,
- Safina’s organization has also partnered with a global brand, Starbucks.
- In 2020, at the peak of the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic in India, Educate Girls, led by Safina Hussain, launched a COVID relief initiative, whereby the organization provided rations and sanitation kits to poor rural families.
- As of 2021, Educate Girls has enrolled more than 9,50,000 girls; With over 11.5 million beneficiaries.
- As of 2021, Safeena’s NPO has more than 2,000 full-time employees and approximately 15,000 community volunteers.
- Safina Hussain refers to her organization’s girl volunteers as “girl volunteers”.
- In 2020, the organization’s policies were selected for MIT’s Solves Learning for Girls and Women Challenge.
- In 2021, Educate Girls was nominated for the Top 100 Most Inspiring Kindergartens for Class 12 Education.
- Safina’s parents separated in her childhood. Safina was so harassed by her stepfather that she ran away from her mother’s house and went to an ashram. Later she went to live with her father. While giving an interview, Safina said,
I felt like I was in a thousand pieces. I ran away to an ashram instead of going to college. I started living on the banks of the Ganges and started reading various scriptures.
- Once Safina got into an argument with a man living in a rural area of Rajasthan. The argument was on her support of prevailing stereotypes about girls.
- Under the intense leadership of Safina Hussain, her NPO, Educate Girls, launched the world’s first Development Impact Bond, a policy that has been appreciated and recognized by many across the world.
- During the initial phase of the establishment of her organisation, Safena Hussain had to face many difficulties. In an interview, Safina said,
They called us mad dogs, and slammed the doors in our faces… it wasn’t even a surprise to us at all. To those people, we were strangers trying to persuade them to challenge the status quo. At that time the discussion about girls’ education was not as prevalent as it is today. But even now when we enter a new district, there is only one root cause of resistance – mindset.”
- before getting married Hansal Mehta In the year 2022, Safina Hussain was in a live-in relationship with Hansal. The couple had two daughters while being in a live-in relationship.
- In 2014, Safina Hussain was featured in Times Now’s segment titled Amazing Indians.