Mariya Salim

Mariya Salim committed activist, writer, and researcher with a remarkable track record spanning more than a decade in the development sector. They have dedicated their efforts to championing Gender and minority rights. Currently holding a position with the UN, this experienced professional has previously worked with organizations including the Asian Muslim Action Network, ActionAid India, and Amnesty India. They also contributed to efforts in South Sudan aimed at preventing and responding to conflict-related sexual violence. Their written work on Human Rights issues, with a particular focus on marginalized communities and women, has been published in notable outlets such as Al Jazeera and Inter Press Service. Notably, they were invited to serve as a mentor and expert speaker for the OHCHR Geneva minority fellowship program in 2019, having been part of the same fellowship cohort in 2017. Furthermore, they played a critical role as an SGBV (Sexual and Gender-Based Violence) expert in the OHCHR Kenya surge team for election monitoring during the 2022 Kenya Elections.