Maham Javaid

@JMaham

Maham is a human rights journalist from Pakistan. Before accepting the Neuffer Fellowship, Maham was working for Human Rights Watch, investigating labor rights of migrant workers in Qatar, ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2022. Her reporting is focused on gender, sexual, ethnic, and religious minorities. As Desk Editor at the Karachi-based Herald magazine, Maham won a national award for her reporting on ‘forced’ religious conversions of Hindu girls. While reporting for The News on Sunday in Lahore, Maham interviewed families accused of ‘honor killing’, investigated the country’s impending HIV crisis, and exposed abusive labor practices in beauty salons across Pakistan. Maham was nominated, two years in a row, for the Thomson Foundation Young Journalist Award in London, UK. In 2019, Maham launched a digital media website: Soch Writing. She also writes fiction and was awarded the 2019 ZHR Writing Prize for Women and was shortlisted for the 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Maham has an MA from New York University, where her focus was documenting the lives of Waziris in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa between 2004-14 when they were trapped between the Pakistani military and the Pakistani Taliban. Her reporting has been published by The Nation, Foreign Policy, DAWN, Al Jazeera English & America, The Diplomat, Naya Daur, and other publications.

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A masterclass on reporting conflicts, floods, and fires

From Aug 2013 to Aug 2022 The first time I moved to New York City was in Aug 2013. Even before I had found housing, I remember spotting the New York Times building and taking…

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War Spurs Ukrainian Efforts to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

By Maham Javaid and Dan Bilefsky Like many people at war in Ukraine, Olexander Shadskykh, 23, a combat medic in the army, has been forced to grapple with his own mortality. But he also has another fear weighing…

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A couple lost four children in Kentucky floodwaters

The parents heard the alert for flash floods at 2 a.m. They got four kids dressed. When water started invading their trailer, they climbed onto the roof. Amber Smith and her husband, Riley Noble, eventually…

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Putin is ‘entirely too healthy,’ the C.I.A. director says.

Western intelligence officials, as well as the Kremlin, this week dismissed longstanding rumors that Vladimir V. Putin, the 69-year-old Russian president, is unwell. Mr. Putin coughed during a speech in Moscow on Wednesday, leading observers…

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The war could have you paying more for hummus.

Hummus long ago surpassed its roots as a Middle Eastern staple to become a familiar treat around the globe. Now the Russian invasion of Ukraine could have the creamy, chickpea-based dish in short supply. Russia…

The First Month of Reporting for the New York Times

The New York Times building in Manhattan. Image source: Wikipedia My first month at the Times is over, but time passed so fast that it felt more like a week. I have learnt more than…

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Here are 4 takeaways from the C.D.C. endorsing vaccines for children under 5.

With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention formally recommending Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines for children as young as 6 months old, parents across America should be able to start getting their youngest children immunizations…

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Two U.S. veterans fighting in Ukraine have gone missing, family members say.

By Alex Traub, Maham Javaid and Anushka Patil Two U.S. veterans who volunteered to fight in Ukraine have gone missing, their families said on Wednesday. One man was named Alex Drueke, 39, a former U.S. Army staff sergeant who…

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The mental health crisis afflicting American youth demands health care reforms

US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy issued a stark warning in December: America’s youth are in the midst of a “devastating” mental health crisis, suffering from skyrocketing rates of depression and anxiety. Our health care system, which for too…

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Ukraine war revives anxiety about nuclear conflict

By Brian MacQuarrie and Maham Javaid, Globe Staff and Globe Correspondent   Nearly 60 years since the Cuban missile crisis brought the world to the brink of nuclear war, Russian leader Vladimir Putin has put…

Power, Privilege, and Influence

MIT’s D-Lab. In our final class for Humanitarian Innovation at MIT’s D-Lab apart from presenting our final projects and our humble inventions, which were all amazing, the class also conducted several power dynamics activities. I…

Everyone Across the World Deserves a HEFAT Training

Learning CPR at the HEFAT retreat in Virginia. Sometimes when you learn a skill a little late in life, you wonder how you’ve been doing okay at life so far, without knowing the skill. That…

Letter Pressing at MIT’s Beaver Press

Step 1: Picking out your leaden letters and arranging them on to the metal plates Apart from working at the Globe and auditing courses at MIT, the Neuffer Fellowship also gives you access and opportunity…

Assignments, Classes, and Projects

Graffiti near Central Station. While I was admiring the alley a posted about a protest and a poster about a film both caught my eye and my takeaway was, always stop to enjoy graffiti. I…

Getting into the Reporting Business

In March, my second month of the Fellowship, I got a really exciting opportunity, to report for the Metro section of the Globe. Even though I technically am part of the editorial team, one of…

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The American conspiracy against Pakistan that never existed

It took Imran Khan more than 20 years to become the prime minister of Pakistan. On Sunday, after a mere three and a half years in office, he became the first Pakistani prime minister to…

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The dark side of daylight saving time

Many of America’s leading sleep scientists and researchers spent this week in Rome. They were attending the annual World Sleep Congress, discussing the importance of regular sleep and circadian rhythms. Meanwhile, in Washington, D.C., the…

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Watching war in real time, one TikTok at a time

Ukrainian TikTokers, at home and abroad, have been livestreaming, recording, and sharing everything from the banal to the brutal since Russia invaded Ukraine. The Ukranian content creator who has me hooked lives in Kyiv with…

The Learning Part of the Fellowship

After a 7-year hiatus from school, I settled into student life as if no time has passed. As an IWMF Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow I was given the chance to take classes at MIT – and…

Arriving in Boston and being greeted by the Snow and the Globe

I arrived in Boston just hours after one of the biggest storms in the city ended. Well, to be fair, I didn’t arrive in Boston, I arrived in Sommerville, a suburb of Boston, where I…

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From traffic to unpaid wages, Canadian truckers face real problems. Vaccine mandates are not one of them.

North American popular culture depicts truckers as alpha males, road warriors, all-American bearded white men. You’d be hard-pressed to find a Hollywood movie showcasing a South Asian long-haul trucker, or a country song devoted to…