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MoniCa Singh


  • The Face of Resilience: My Journey from Acid Attack Survivor to Gender Equality Activist

Travels from: New York, NY

MoniCa Singh is a survivor, a social activist, and a humanitarian.

As a 19-year old in India in 2005, she said "no" to a man who proposed marriage to her. Shortly thereafter, a group of men doused her with acid and burned 65% of her body. Since then, her journey of recovery has been long and challenging due to the extensive damage inflicted by the attack. She has had 46 surgeries, which were funded by her late father’s life savings.

Singh is a fashion design graduate from the National Institute of Fashion Technology in New Delhi, India. She always dreamed of attending fashion school in New York. With focus, hard work, and tenacity, she realized that dream, recently graduating from Parsons School of Design with an AAS degree in Fashion Marketing.

Singh recently founded The Mahendra Singh Foundation (MSF), a non-profit named for her late father, her greatest supporter. The organization’s goal is to provide support to other acid attack survivors, guiding them toward lives of independence and self-sufficiency. In addition to providing scholarships for education, the foundation will provide financial help for medical bills. MSF works on the sustainable development goal of Quality Education and Gender Equality.

Singh has spoken at the United Nations as an activist for violence against women, as a Global Youth Champion for UN Women, and as a spokesperson representing the Face of Resilience from India-United States of America. She regularly uses social media to spread awareness about the crimes/violence against women around the world.

Preview Videos:

Women in the World


Parsons Graduation – NY1

10 Years Later, Living My Dream – The Huffington Post

Acid Attach Survivor to NY Fashionista – Daily Mail