EMPOWER PEOPLE: Grinnell Prize Winner Shafiq Khan
On a special episode of All Things Grinnell, host Ben Binversie talks with Shafiq Khan, the 2019 winner of the Grinnell College Innovator for Social Justice Prize.
Khan is the founder and CEO of EMPOWER PEOPLE, an organization based in northern India focused on eradicating bride trafficking and empowering the independence, agency, and leadership of girls and women who have been affected by this issue. Khan discusses how he became involved with this work, his vision for the organization, what he has learned from working with survivors and other feminist mentors, and the significance of the Grinnell Prize to their mission. Empower People goes beyond the initial step of rescuing trafficked women and seeks to address the root causes that allow trafficking to continue by working in collaboration with communities and empowering survivors to assert sovereignty over their lives.