Maliha Abidi

Maliha Abidi

Formal First Name

Maliha Abidi is a Pakistani-American artist and illustrator passionate about BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) stories. Her work is dedicated to women’s rights, mental health, gender equity, girls education, refugee crisis and amplifying the voices from the marginalized communities. Abidi is the Creator of Women Rise NFT, a collection of 10,000 randomly-generated and unique NFT art pieces. She also founded The Story of Mental Health, an organization providing resources on intersectional mental health awareness and creating a safe space for women.


  • 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.
  • A neuroscience student, 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.


  • TEDx Speaker DSU, Karachi, Pakistan 2013
  • Artist Residency with Peace Corporation, Thailand 2014
  • TEDx Speaker UET, Lahore, Pakistan 2016
  • Adobe Project 1324 “Women’s March Global” #WhyIMarch Art competition winner 2018
  • Adobe Project 1324 “Tomorrow’s Women” Art competition winner 2018
  • Her self-published debut, Pakistan for Women, won Abidi international acclaim with appearances on BBC, Good Morning America and TRT World, among others.
  • She has worked with renowned organizations such as the United Nations, Women’s Aid and the Malala Fund to help create positive change through art.

  • Abidi’s work has been featured on BBC, Glamour Magazine, Malala Fund, TRT World, and more.
  • She has appeared as a guest on Real Vision