Maliha Abidi is a Pakistani-American artist, author and a Neuroscience student. She was born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan, and migrated to California, United States at the age of 14. As an immigrant, her experiences play a huge role in her work. Her work mainly focuses on women’s rights (girls’ education, banning child marriage, domestic violence), mental health, anti-racism, travel/culture and shining a light on societal issues.
Abidi’s work has been featured on BBC, Glamour Magazine, Malala Fund, TRT World, etc.
Her debut book “Pakistan for Women: Stories of women who have achieved something extraordinary” combines her passion for art and writing. The book brings together stories of 50 women from Pakistan alongside their illustrations. The book was launched on the 4th of March 2019 and is the first book of its kind to be published in Pakistan as it brings together stories of real Pakistani women, from astrophysicists to firefighter to mountaineers and more.
Her upcoming books are titles are Rise: Extraordinary Women of Colour who Changed the World and Journey to America: 25 Immigrants Who Transformed A Nation
Abidi is also the founder of The Story of Mental Health An organisation dedicated to providing resources on intersectional mental health awareness and creating a safe space for women to not only seek help but also to work on their mental health creatively in countries like Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, where stigma surrounds even the slight discussion of mental health. At SOMH, she combines her knowledge of Neurosciences and her passion for art to start a mental health revolution with intersectionality, creativity and empathy at the heart of it.