Yasmin Kadir is an intersectional feminist, political junkie, and social justice activist with a fun (or annoying, depending on your political identity) habit of making socio-political commentary on her Instagram stories. Having been born to progressive Bangladeshi immigrants in upstate New York, she spent her childhood traveling around the world and across the states before ultimately finding home on the Central Coast of California.
Shortly after obtaining her Bachelor’s in Business Management and Human Resources from Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo, Yasmin attended Politicon for the first time. This is where she discovered the human rights organization, Muslims for Progressive Values (MPV) and met President and Founder, Ani Zonneveld. At the time, Yasmin “had no idea what she was doing with her life post-grad” and Ani was “ironically, hiring an additional person to the team”. Very shortly after, Yasmin was hired, moved to Los Angeles, and officially began as the first full-time employee after the President.
Yasmin acts as the Executive Assistant, Los Angeles Program Coordinator, and a United Nations Youth Representative for MPV. She is also expected to host a video podcast series, “ABCD: American Born Confused Desi” later this year. Through MPV she has gained experience in women’s and girl’s rights, LGBT+ rights, freedom of and from religion, and freedom of expression from a faith-based, as well as a secular perspective. She is also a 2018-2019 Fellow of the NewGround Partnership, where a professional cohort is brought together to strengthen and transform Muslim-Jewish relations in America.
Overall, her work and activism is resilient, intersectional and inspired by the Audre Lorde quote “I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own”.