Spotlight on Community Leader, Nusrat Sohail

Article by Fatimah Alyas

Nusrat Sohail launched a nationwide non-profit organization, Women 2 Women Forum, in April 2017 to provide a networking platform for Pakistani-American women. Sohail spoke about the inspiration behind this organization on Community Debate, a U.S.-based television show on GEO network, where she noted the lack of established female-led organizations for Pakistani-American women. Since then, Women 2 Women Forum chapters have launched in Washington D.C., New York, New Jersey, Houston, and Chicago. The Women 2 Women Forum is also looking to expand to Toronto, Canada, and Pakistan, and hopes to highlight and foster the potential of Pakistani women across the globe.

Although the Women 2 Women Forum was launched very recently, its board members have already established a women’s shelter, DIA, in New Jersey. As a social services organization, DIA, or Developing Independence and Assurance, provides an emergency safe-house to women in the New Jersey area. This support system serves to create a safe-space for women of all backgrounds.

Sohail is an educationist with over eighteen years of experience, and she has worked extensively to develop the STARTALK Hindi-Urdu Language Program as the Director of their camp in New Jersey since 2010.  She also serves as part of the instructional team at the STARTALK Hindi-Urdu teacher training program at NYU, and as an instructor and coordinator of the Kean University STARTALK teacher and student program. Her teaching experience includes social studies instruction in New Jersey Public and Karachi, Pakistan based schools.

Additionally, Sohail has supervised student-teachers at the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University, and has completed graduate coursework in Educational Leadership, sponsored by the Foundation of Educational Leadership in New Jersey. Sohail has two Master’s degrees, one in education from Monmouth University, and one in South Asian studies from Karachi University.

Furthermore, Sohail’s dedication to education motivated her to collaborate with the Swat Relief Initiative. Through this partnership, she has worked to develop an all-girls middle and high school in the village of Swat, Pakistan.

As an active community member, Sohail hopes to continue to dedicate her time and effort to all of her projects.