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Human Rights activist, Nasreen Sheikh Visits Central Illinois

Updated: Sep 21

Last week, global human rights advocate Nasreen Sheikh visited Illinois State University for an Earth Day event and we were blessed to have her to add include a trip to Crossroads prior to the event at ISU.

Nasreen is a survivor of modern-day slavery, a social entrepreneur, an advocate for global human rights, and a speaker on the international stage. At a very young age, Nasreen escaped forced marriage, child labor and extreme poverty and founded Local Women's Handicrafts, a women's cooperative in Kathmandu, Nepal. She also launched the Empowerment Collective, a U.S. nonprofit organization, to support her work in Nepal and India. Her life's mission is to use her powerful voice to uplift marginalized women and children and to build a society where every person is free to be a leader and agent of change.

To learn more about Nasreen's work, visit

April 19 - Visit to Crossroads Fair Trade Goods and Gifts

Board members and volunteers had a joyful time connecting with Nasreen about fair trade and showing her around our store! We look forward to having some products from her social enterprise, Local Women's Handicrafts in stock at Crossroads.

"Such an amazing woman! She is the epitome of fair trade. "

April 21 - Earth Day Breakfast at Illinois State University

Photos by Illinois State University Office of Sustainability

Earth Day Prayer by Nasreen Sheikh

We are the earth. We carry earth within us. It’s not outside of us and if we can communicate with the earth, it is the highest form of prayer.

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