Rehana founded Navbharat Samaj Kalyan Samiti (NBSKS) in 1989 to address gender discrimination in Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh — a strict, conservative community where women and girls need permission from their husbands or fathers to leave home. She has spent the past two decades mobilising her community to enrol girls in school. Muslim and Dalit girls in Moradabad often drop out early to marry or work to support their families.
With her Malala Fund grant, Rehana and her team meet with parents to convince them to allow their daughters to continue their education. In 20 villages, NBSKS recruits and trains girls to create awareness campaigns to educate parents and school management committee (SMC) members. Her organisation also trains chaperones so girls no longer have to walk long, dangerous paths to school alone.