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Laal provides resources Bengali womxn need to live healthy, engaged, joyful lives.

Laal is located in Norwood, the Bronx in NYC. We offer an array of programming, direct services, and resources to the vibrant Bangladeshi immigrant community. Bangladeshi's are one of the fastest growing immigrant communities in NYC.

Through Laal's 2019 Needs-Based Assessment we found that Bangladeshi immigrant womxn were isolated for 8-12 hours a day causing severe mental health challenges.

At Laal, we address these issues from a holistic standpoint. From our yoga classes to sex education in Bangla, we believe Bangladeshi womxn deserve to live lives full of dignity, love, and choice.

Bangladesh was birthed from a rape genocide, War of 1971, which was financed by the Nixon Administration- we are the first generation of Bangladeshis who have not lived under direct colonial rule or genocide. But at Laal we know that trauma is carried through our people and generations. The sexual violence, murder and famine Bengali people have faced for the past years is why there are such high rates of domestic violence and mental health challenges within our community today. It is imperative to also know that Bengalis have also sacrificed their lives during the Language Movement of 1952, hence why English is not the first language for many Bangladeshi immigrant women.

Through language justice, reproductive rights, cooperative development, community led research, climate activism we are building a movement at Laal slowly, but surely.

Bangladeshi womxn are known to lead revolutions.

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How Laal Supports Our Membership Base which is over 1500 individuals:



Laal programs are created by listening directly to community members and their needs



Our work is backed by facts.
Laal’s research team gathers real data so we can better support our womxn



By bringing our womxn together, we are creating an ecosystem rooted in joy, community, and organizing 

Our Partners and Funders


“I’m excited today because I’m getting to spend time with myself.”

Sanjida Sadat, Laal womxn

Laal Yoga Class in June 2022, led by Sahreen 'Shah' Quadir


“We Have to Survive”: Meet NYC Immigrant Women Fighting for Their Communities During the Pandemic

Laal's feature on the Fuller Project by Tanvi Misra

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