“What are us grown folks doing to support young women and girls of color to take our place in this movement[?] Who are we mentoring? Who are we sharing our work with? How are we transitioning OUT of roles that we hold the moment we arrive? And when is the last time someone held us accountable when we were out of pocket? These are questions that I ask myself everyday.” ~ Sasha
Women Making Moves is a monthly series that highlights how women and girls of color are raising their voices to improve the health and lives of many in the areas of sexual/reproductive health, holistic wellness, feminism, activism, entrepreneurship, the arts and sciences, and more.
Meet Sasha Neha Ahuja. Sasha is a community organizer and healthcare/wellness provider from New York City. She has worked to organize at the intersections of migration and labor for almost a decade. Trained as a social worker, her role as a facilitator of community-centered and community-directed wellness underlines her commitment to justice. Sasha has devoted her work to political education projects with South Asian and Indo-Caribbean youth, organizing for justice in the labor movement, and social work practice from an accountable, anti-racist framework. Sasha currently works in reproductive health, and provides full-spectrum birth/abortion doula services. She holds a BA from Hunter College of the City University of New York (free CUNY!) and a MS in Social Work from Columbia University.
Sasha and I are graduates of the Columbia University School of Social Work, but we graduated one year apart. Not only that, but Sasha and I didn’t meet in person until 2012, while we were attending the Civil Liberties and Public Policy conference that year. New York is a big city, but we reproductive justice activists always seem to find each other. Learning more about what Sasha has done and is currently doing for women and communities of color leaves me in complete awe. Sasha is the epitome of what a community organizer is, and, most importantly, she is a great example of what social work is. You can keep up with Sasha’s work and interests on Twitter.
Read more about Sasha, her experiences as a woman of color and as a community organizer, how she encourages young women and communities of color to raise their voices, and how she takes care of herself.