Safina Hussain is an Indian social activist and entrepreneur. She is best known as the wife of famous film director Hansal Mehta. Safina Hussain is the founder of Educate Girls (EG), which focuses on bridging the prevalent gender gap in India.
Safina Hussain was born on Friday, 21 January 1971.age 51 years; by 2022) in Delhi, India. He completed his schooling from Delhi Public School, RK Puram, New Delhi. In 1995, he earned a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Economics History degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). In 2012, Safina Hussain completed her Executive Education Program in Building a Global Enterprise in India from Harvard Business School (HBS). In 2015, Safina Hussain from Harvard Business School Executive Education completed her Strategic Perspectives in Non-Profit Management (SPNM) course.
His father’s name is Yusuf Bakshish Hussain. He was an actor and historian by profession.
husband and children
Safina Hussain married the famous film director, Hansal MehtaTaj on May 22, 2022 at Campton Place, San Francisco, California.
Safina Hussain has two daughters. The elder daughter’s name is Kimaya.
Rihanna is the youngest daughter.
relationships / affairs
With whom was Safina Hussain in a live-in relationship before marriage? Hansal Mehta For 17 years.
working in the united states
Safina Hussain lived in London for five years. After graduating from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in 1995, Safina moved to San Francisco (Bay Area), where her degree in economics helped her land a job in Silicon Valley. Initially, he started working for an Internet-based startup that wanted to build a 3D web browser. Although; After working there for nine months, the startup closed and Safina lost her job. From the very beginning, Safina wanted to work for the social cause. In 1995, he was offered a job at Child Family Health International (CFHI). As an employee, Safina visited several South American and Asian countries such as Ecuador, Mexico, Bolivia, South Africa and India.
coming back to india
In 2007, after working for Child Family Health International, Safina Hussain decided to quit her job and move back to India to start her own organization. Safina realized the impact of such organizations bridging the gender gap while working with CFHI. When asked about the reasons for establishing Educate Girls, 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?”
During the initial phase of establishment of educating girls; Safina had to struggle a lot. During 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.”
In 2007, Safina started her own organization with only a few employees and volunteers. By 2021, Educate Girls has over 9.5 lakh girls enrolled, which in turn is benefitting over 11.5 million families. The organization also has over 2,000 full-time employees, assisted by over 15,000 community volunteers.
recognition of their social work
Safina Hussain soon came into the limelight for her work. In 2019, Safina Hussain gave a speech about her journey, life experiences and vision for the future. The speech mesmerized the audience. The video of his speech, uploaded by TEDx, has garnered over 1.7 million views.
Later, in the same year, Safina Hussain was invited to a talk show titled TED Talks India: Nayi Soch. The talk show was hosted by Shahrukh Khan And the show was aired on Star Plus.
In 2021, Educate Girls signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Directorate of Women’s Empowerment, Government of Rajasthan.
When asked about her experience working with government departments, 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. ,
In 2021, Safina’s non-profit organization partnered with Starbucks to promote Educate Girls (EG).
In 2020, during the second wave of coronavirus in India, Educate Girls donated free rations and sanitation kits to poor families in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. The relief material was distributed under the organization’s COVID relief initiative. In 2021, Educate Girls launched the world’s first Development Impact Bond (DIB). DIB was recognized not only in India but also in different parts of the world. In the same year, his organization was listed in the Top 100: Most Inspiring Kindergarten for 12th Class Academics.
Important posts held in various organizations
Apart from being the Director of Educate Girls, Safina Hussain is also an advisor to several social service organizations such as India Leaders for Social Sector (ILSS), Adhiros, Bharat Edtech Initiative, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) and L’Oréal Paris. She also serves as a Quality Council Member of Dalberg, Community Leader Impact Future Project – Community Leader of Education and is also one of the directors on Workex’s Board of Directors.
Awards, Honors, Achievements
- In 2019, Safina Hussain was awarded the Beyond Business Award by The Economic Times.
- In 2017, Safina Hussain received NITI Aayog’s Women Transforming India Award.
- In 2016, Safina Hussain was honored with the NDTV-L’Oreal’s Woman of Worth Award.
- In 2015, Safina Hussain was listed in the top 100 list of the most influential global leaders empowering women across the world. The list was released by the Empowerment of Arab Women.
- In 2015, Safina Hussain won the Skoll Prize for Social Entrepreneurship. The award was presented to him by the Skoll Foundation.
- In 2015, Safina Hussain was awarded the Qatar Foundation’s WISE Award.
- In 2014, Safina Hussain was presented the Stars Impact Award by the Stars Foundation.
- In 2014, Safina Hussain was awarded the USAID Millennium Alliance Award. The award was presented by the Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari,
- In 2013, Safina Hussain was selected as a Rainer Arnhold Fellow.
- In 2012, Safina Hussain was selected as a Woman Change Maker India Fellow by the Womanity Foundation from Geneva, Switzerland.
- In 2011, Safina Hussain was awarded the EdelGive Social Innovation Honors Award by the EdelGive Foundation.
- In 2011, Safina Hussain won the India Development Market Competition organized by the United Nations.
- In 2010, Safina Hussain was the winner of Dasara Village Capital Award.
Facts / Trivia
- Safina Hussain refers to the girl volunteers working at Educate Girls as Girl Volunteers.
- Safina Hussain’s parents separated in childhood. While living with her mother, Safina was often abused by her stepfather, as a result of which, she ran away to an ashram. In an interview, Safina said,
I felt like I was in a thousand pieces. I ran into an ashram instead of going to college. I started living on the banks of the Ganges and started reading various scriptures.
- Safina Hussain considers her husband and father as her role model. In an interview, she said,
For me there are only two people whom I look up to who are my role models even for equality, that is my father and my husband. They are both great cooks, which means I never had to learn how to cook. My vision of equality is his vision, and so both my father and my husband have reshaped my worldview. They are like my role models.”