Project Speak Out, Sakhi’s inter-agency, collaborative Queens Outreach Initiative, Project Speak Out has reached its one year mark. Two of Sakhi’s dedicated PSO volunteers were interviewed by the New York Non-Profit Press about what brings them to this work and what needs to be done.
(excerpt) “I have always felt passionately about women’s rights and women’s issues,” says Maheen Nusrat who was born in Pakistan and now lives in Jersey City. “Domestic violence is such a personal and taboo subject in the Pakistani community. We have to get the community to talk about the issue.” As a volunteer with Project Speak Out, Nusrat has approached local business owners within the New York City Pakistani community about putting up flyers informing customers about the domestic violence issue and programs women can access if they need help.
Similarly, Darrel Sukhdeo has been approaching local businesses within the Indo-Caribbean community based in Richmond Hill. “There is a real need for this information to get out,” says Sukhdeo, who describes himself as a community activist who has volunteered with many local organizations in recent years. In addition to posting flyers, Project Speak Out asks businesses to declare themselves as “safe havens” for women seeking help.