Dawoodi Bohras of Ohio: Celebrating International Day of Women

Dawoodi Bohra women around the world have excelled in various fields, including as researchers, educators, professionals, and businesswomen. This is in large part testament to the strong encouragement for women to achieve excellence in their respective fields provided by  the Dawoodi Bohra Spiritual Leader, His Holiness Dr. Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin. This International Women’s Day, the…

Our Roots: Advancing Human Rights and the Tradition of Serving Our Nation

By Mariyam Cementwala Foreign Service Officer at U.S. Department of State Mariyam Cementwala has been serving in the U.S. Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer for over a decade. On July 17, 2020, the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) held its 80th Annual Convention where Mariyam was called upon to deliver a…

Dawoodi Bohras of Bakersfield donate blood to save lives

The current national blood supply shortage, especially in Kern County California, prompted the Dawoodi Bohra Community of Bakersfield to partner with the local Houchin Community Blood Bank to host a blood donation drive at the local masjid. Members of the community, together with others from the Bakersfield, area pulled up their sleeves to donate blood…

Houston Bohras Launch “Happy Nests” Initiative to Reduce Plastic Waste

Volunteer moms from the Dawoodi Bohra Community of Houston recently launched Happy Nests, the local chapter of a global initiative to reuse and upcycle plastic that would otherwise accumulate in landfills, and to generate awareness about the damage plastic does to the environment. It is a widely-known fact, that out of all the plastic we…

San Francisco Dawoodi Bohras Mark International Women and Girls in Science Day

Leading up to International Women and Girls in Science Day, Fatema Poonawala, a Dawoodi Bohra Computer Scientist and Principal Engineer, set out to find other women in the local Bohra community who, like her, shared a passion for STEM and broke barriers by choosing a career field in which women have historically been underrepresented. What…

Women in Science Spotlight – Featuring Dr. Munira A. Basrai, Ph. D

Dr. Munira A. Basrai is a Senior Investigator in the Genetics Branch of the National Cancer Institute at NIH in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Basrai’s research focuses on the molecular mechanisms for faithful chromosome segregation in budding yeast and human cells. Her laboratory uses budding (bakers) yeast, mouse model and human cells to identify and characterize…

“You are everything you choose to be,” says Life Coach, Tasneem Kagalwalla

“You are everything you choose to be.” This is the mantra that Tasneem Kagalwalla, a Life Coach from Collin County, Texas, lives by. Tasneem is the first American Board of Neuro Linguistic Programming (ABNLP) certified Practitioner, Coach, and Trainer in the state of Texas, specializing in Mental Health and Relationship/Family Coaching. Tasneem attributes her mantra…

Serving PB&J Sandwiches to the Hungry

America is hungry! To many, this statement is a shock, for no one expects the world’s wealthiest nation to have portions of its population hungry. Yet, numerous reports show that many Americans who earn near minimum wage go hungry every day. Shabbir Chandabhai of Los Angeles took the lead in organizing a sandwich-making event to…

New York Dawoodi Bohra Women Talk About Their Journey in STEM Careers

Dawoodi Bohra women in New York lead and serve in many professional roles, including healthcare, information technology, architecture, design, and engineering. To mark Women in Science Day, we profile two women and their journey to pursue careers in science and engineering. Batul Ali, Engineering Student at University of Texas at Arlington I am a New…

Munira Miyaziwala, Founder of Techno Smart Kids, Talks About her Journey in Science

To mark International Day of Women and Girls in Science on February 11, 2021, we talked to Munira Miyaziwala a member of the Dawoodi Bohras of Seattle, and a social and educational entrepreneur who has spent over 20 years leading startups, non-profits, and other established organizations in the fields of science and education.  She single-handedly…