Maryam joined Sonke’s Community Education and Mobilisation Unit in June 2018 as a Duke University student intern. In addition to this internship, Maryam studies the Arabic language and Public Policy and is entering her third year in Duke University in North Carolina. While at Duke, Maryam’s studies focus on public interest law and she took a keen interest in race politics studies and civil rights. She also furthered her passion for working with vulnerable and marginalised groups, particularly through tutoring and mentoring refugee youth and developing Duke University’s first invitational weekend for prospective LGBTQIA+ students.
After completing her time at Sonke, Maryam hopes to understand more about the impact of gender justice, gender-based violence, the decriminalization of sex work, and she hopes to aid in the awareness of the importance of HIV testing. As a intern in the CEM unit, Maryam works on HIV testing awareness and other projects focused on education on gender justice.