Haleema Bharoocha is a changemaker committed to building a world free of gender-based violence. She is a daughter of the South Asian diaspora. Following the teachings of the Quran which says “stand firm in justice even against yourself or your parents,” Haleema speaks truth to power, practices freedom and decolonizes her mind. Haleema is the Advocacy Manager at Alliance for Girls, where she leads legislative advocacy for a #GirlsPolicyAgenda. Outside of this role, she facilitates workshops on bystander intervention, self-defense, Islamophobia, racial and gender justice and has trained over 500 people. Haleema serves on the Board of the Muslim Democrats PAC, Youth Council of SheLectricity, and is a Women’s Policy Institute Fellow. Haleema studied sociology at Seattle University, where she founded the Gender Justice Center, a student-led organization that served gender non-conforming, transgender and female-identifying students. She is featured in The Seattle Times, Teen Vogue, and other media.