Contributor

Ghazala Salam

Political and Social Justice Advocate

An advocate for democracy, Ghazala has dived in head first and heart strong in educating, engaging and mobilizing American Muslims in politics. She is the founder and president of the American Muslim Democratic Caucus of Florida.

Ghazala was born in India and immigrated to the US with her family in the 70’s. Her bi-cultural background and focus on community collaboration has led her to a number of volunteer opportunities and community leadership roles. She is an active member of many local and national organizations including the League of Women Voters in Broward, Association of Government Relations Professionals, and Democratic Women’s Club of Florida.

Ghazala Salam speaks out on human rights, freedom and opportunity for women and girls in every sphere of life. As an advocate for empowering women and girls, she is focused on helping women and girls discover their voice and build a leadership platform for change. Ghazala is the chair for the Commission on Status of Women in Broward County, Florida. In 2015, the Florida Commission on the Status of Women honored her with a FCSW Florida Achievement Award for her work in improving the lives of women and families. As a promoter of peace and equity, she speaks and writes about Islam and human rights for women. Ghazala is the first American Muslim woman to be inducted to the Broward County Women’s Hall of Fame.

She has spent time examining religious, cultural and political factors that contribute to stereotyping of Muslims in America and around the world. Ghazala has made numerous presentations across Florida on the topics of social justice, Islam, and building inclusive communities. She has spoken at colleges and universities like Nova Southeastern, Broward College, Miami-Dade College, Barry University, FIU and FAU, and Lynn University. She speaks three languages and is an Alumna of Florida International University with an MSc.

Ghazala has broken through cultural, racial and gender barriers, always leading by example, and promoting equity and justice for all.