Tehmina Ahmad - removing barriers to treatment

Tehmina Ahmad, Medicine Class of 2017, first started volunteering in the local community to expand her comfort zone and to better understand the daily realities of Londoners living on the edge.

She works with Safe Space London, a support centre for sex workers, allies and women in crisis. “Our model is one of empowerment, with the goal of meeting women where they are and helping sex workers operate with safety and dignity,” she said.

The organization offers a wide range of services, including harm-reduction supplies, educational resources, cosmetic and hygienic products, clothes, first aid and food.

Ahmad gains new perspectives on the medical community from community members who often face barriers and bias when seeking treatment. “As an aspiring physician, these women have taught me to deeply appreciate objectivity,” she said. “To me, giving back means expressing and exemplifying compassion and empathy.”