Bibi Bahrami was born and raised in Behsood, Afghanistan. She came to Muncie, Indiana in 1986 as a refugees to join her husband, Dr. Saber Bahrami, where they raised 6 beautiful children and have both been an active part of their community for over 36 years. After learning English and earning her GED, she went on to receive her art degree from Ball State University. In 2002, she founded and became president of her own nonprofit organization, AWAKEN, (Afghan Women’s And Kids’ Education & Necessities), in order to give back to the Afghan women and children she left behind. AWAKEN has made a difference in the education and health care for thousands of Afghan women and children for over a decade. Last year, Bibi founded MARRC (Muncie Afghan Refugee Resettlement committee), a sub-committee under AWAKEN. Through MARRC, Bibi brought the entire community together to assist with the dire need of resettlement of 137 Afghan refugees to help them thrive in Muncie. She is the recipient of numerous awards for her charitable work, including the Indiana Women of Achievement Award and Ball State’s International Development Award. Her lifelong commitment to the service of others has made a difference in the local and international community, and most recently she was nominated for an Academy Award with the film “Stranger At the Gate”, which shares a message of the strength of kindness to change lives.
My network of professionals working on countering hate in all its forms grew exponentially after attending Eradicate Hate in 2021. The myriad voices represented at Eradicate Hate, from big tech companies to academic researchers to those with lived experience, reinforced to me the importance of cross-cutting and collaborative approaches to counter hate and its devastating impacts on society. I’ve been fortunate to sustain and build those networks with many of those I met at Eradicate Hate in 2021.