Hoda Katebi is a Chicago-based angry daughter of Muslim-Iranian immigrants. She is the voice behind JooJoo Azad, the radical, political fashion online publication hailed from BBC to the New York Times to VOGUE; author of the book Tehran Streetstyle, the first-ever in-print documentation and celebration of illegal fashion in Iran; and founder and host of #BecauseWeveRead, a reading and discussion club with over 40 chapters internationally working to engage communities and uplift and celebrate voices of the systemically silenced. Offline Hoda is an abolitionist and community organizer, previously part of campaigns to end surveillance programs and police militarization, and is currently developing a sewing co-operative for refugee and immigrant women in Chicago to disrupt fast-fashion's sweatshops while meeting the holistic needs of women who sit at the intersections of oppression and trauma. She graduated from the University of Chicago in 2016 where her research explored the intersections of illegal fashion, gender, resistance, feminism, & the state in Iran.
The Pioneer Award honors a young leader under 30 whose work is already impacting women and girls, and shows great promise for the future.
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