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Recognized for being fearless and honest, the story of what Khurshida has overcome in her personal life will not only inspire the audience, but will motivate them to make a difference by fighting human trafficking and many other social justice issues.
Khurshida Begum is an authentic, powerful speaker, with a unique and compelling story. What Khurshida has overcome in her personal life will not only inspire the audience, but will motivate them to make a difference by fighting human trafficking and many other social justice issues.
As a teacher, Khurshida educates and challenges individuals and organizations to recognize the signs and problems of trafficking, and to take action in their own community. She teaches by sharing her personal experiences, as well as the tools she used to overcome battles that many would think are impossible. Begum’s visionary mission is to urge leaders to ignite their courage into action, for amazing results.
As a speaker, Khurshida captivates and inspires audiences with her contagious energy, empathy, and sense of humor. She is engaging with her audience, relating her often-difficult but triumphant story for the purpose of changing old behaviors and thoughts into positive and individual accountability. “We must live up to the standards of God’s love and not our own ego and control, to truly fight social injustices,” she says.
Recognized for being fearless and honest, Khurshida has taught extensive trafficking education all over the state of Washington. She was a keynote speaker alongside Attorney General Rob McKenna, and has spoken and taught at colleges, churches, high schools, and corporations. She has also presented at various social justice conferences, such as the Sold Exhibit and Global Impact Celebration, as well speaking at non-profit organizations like SafePlace and Community Youth Services. Khurshida coordinated the first all-survivor-led presentation on modern-day Slavery at South Puget Sound Community College.
Begum’s passion and expertise includes 14 years’ experience as a professional businesswoman — from working as a marketing and customer service representative, to a corporate trainer and human resource manager, to being one of the top 20 independent contractors in her state. Begum is attending Evergreen State College to pursue her Bachelor of Arts degree in human rights and social justice.
Originally from Bangladesh, Khurshida is married, has an 11-year-old son, Rasun, and lives in Lacey, Washington. She enjoys volunteering, motorcycling, stiletto shopping, and spending time her friends and family.
She takes inspiration from one of her favorite verses: “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” (Proverbs 31:8-9) Her dream is to travel all over the world to educate, motivate, and empower people to take action for social justice.