Samiya is a Senior Program Associate with the RMNCHA Project in New Delhi. Prior to joining GHS, Samiya worked with an NGO in Lucknow where she led a district-wide school sanitation and menstrual hygiene management program. As program lead, she worked towards improving sanitation infrastructure in over 80 schools and sensitizing over 20,000 students and over 400 teachers on issues surrounding water, sanitation and hygiene (including menstrual hygiene). Through these efforts, her team was able to prove that investing in sanitation-infrastructure with a simultaneous push for behaviour change can improve attendance among students. Besides project management, Samiya also designed comprehensive training material on WASH and MHM, and conceptualized and personally trained over 400 students and 200 teachers on WASH and MHM.
Samiya is also a published poet and a writer. Winner of the Charles Wallace India Trust Scholarship to the Scottish Universities’ International Summer School hosted by the University of Edinburgh, her poems and socio-political writings have been published in Himal SouthAsian, The Ladies Finger, Sabrang India, The Feminist Wire and The University of Edinburgh Journal, among others. Samiya holds a degree in English Literature from the Aligarh Muslim University.connect on linkedin