Safeena Husain

Safeena Husain

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Category: Social Work

Safeena Husain Profile

  • Name:
  • Safeena Husain
  • Born / Home Town:
  • Delhi
  • Spouse:
  • Hansal Mehta

Safeena Husain Biography

Safeena Husain is a social worker and activist from Delhi, who is the founder and Executive Director of Educate Girls – an NGO which aims to provide education to girls and tackles issues at the root cause of gender inequality which denies education to girls. The organization has headquarters at Mumbai. She is the wife of acclaimed director Hansal Mehta, best known for movies based on realistic themes, City Lights (2014) and Aligarh (2016) being his major works. Before moving to India, Safeena has worked in US and other countries in development sector in both rural and urban areas.


Safeena Husain was born and brought up in Delhi. Later she graduated from the London School of Economics. After studies she worked in both rural and urban under-served communities in several parts of the world. She worked in the development sector. By then she started her career as a social activist, closely working with many organizations. Between 1997 and 2004 she served as the Executive Director for Child Family Health International in San Francisco, concentrating towards the development sector in health. She was also worked with International Development Exchange in San Francisco, which worked towards finding solutions of poverty in several parts of Latin America, Asia and African countries.


She has been involved with social activities since 1990s and has spent more than two decades towards this mission. She successfully conducted a 500-school pilot in Pali, Rajasthan and established Educate Girls as an NGO in 2007. She has also received numerous honours such as Women Transforming India Awards 2017, NDTV-L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth Award 2016 etc. She was chosen as one among Asia 21 Young Leaders by the Asia Society in 2011. Ensuring girls have access to quality education and get equal opportunities to better their future remain her priorities always.

Published: February 03, 2019

Updated: February 03, 2019


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