Raquel Saraswati

Activist, writer and commentator

Raquel is an activist, writer, and commentator on issues related to Islam, human rights, and international affairs.

Raquel’s primary focus is ending gender-based violence and advancing reform within the Muslim community through the empowerment of women and the separation of mosque and state.

She lectures and publishes internationally on honor-based violence, forced and child marriage, the challenge of political Islam, and the role of women in transforming the Muslim world. She also mentors young women and men on matters like faith and freedom, modernity, trauma, and empowerment.

Professionally, Raquel spearheads new media initiatives and conducts research for nonprofit organizations and think tanks working on the Middle East and South Asia, Islam, and gender-based violence.

Follow Raquel on Twitter at @raquelevita.