To the Honorable, the City Council:
I am hereby transmitting notification of the appointment of Zainab Lakhani as a member of the Cambridge Human Rights Commission for a term of three years, effective October 17, 2014.
Zainab Lakhani has been a Cambridge resident for over five years and has worked and volunteered for a range of organizations addressing the needs of immigrant women, in particular women from India and the Indian Muslim community. Her interests include promoting understanding of women impacted by the Indian diaspora, affected by marginalization within their own culture and the larger American culture. She has worked to promote understanding of women caught up in sexual exploitation and to address their needs as they try to reintegrate into the larger community. She holds a B.A. in Chemistry from Florida Atlantic University and has worked as a writer, editor and columnist for online news publications, as well as a fundraiser and event coordinator for community organizations addressing a range of women's concerns. The Cambridge Human Rights Commission welcomes Ms. Lakhani's insight and energy in support of its work to address discrimination in Cambridge.