Natasha is the author of The New Feminism and Living Dolls: The Return of Sexism. She has been a columnist, feature writer and reviewer for The Guardian, The Independent and The Observer and a regular contributor to arts and political programmes on television and radio.
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Sam has a background in communications for small charities, including Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust, bringing experience in communicating with a range of audiences and supporting vulnerable people to speak out. She is currently studying part-time for a Masters in The Politics of Conflict, Rights and Justice at SOAS.
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Marchu Girma is a campaigner advocating for the rights of refugee and asylum seeking women. She works as the Grassroots Director for Women for Refugee Women and is passionate about empowering refugees and asylum seeking women to speak up about their experiences, and enabling them to use their voices for change. As part of her role at Women for Refugee Women, Marchu has co-authored research reports, delivered training, and helps to maintain refugee women’s networks around the country. In 2017 Marchu was invited by UN Women to speak at their annual Commission on the Status of Women conference at the UN headquarters in New York.
Monica helps to run our drop-in sessions on Mondays, providing support to the refugee and asylum-seeking women who attend. She has used her expertise to improve the way that we manage the drop-in, making sure that they run smoothly and efficiently. Monica is a strong advocate for refugee women and excels at public speaking.
Anja has extensive experience of working with refugee community organisations in London, including in previous roles at the Scarman Trust and the East London Community Foundation.
Gemma previously worked in policy roles for the Detention Advice Service and the Criminal Justice Alliance. She is currently studying part-time for a PhD at Birkbeck, University of London, researching the sentencing of non-British citizens convicted of criminal offences.
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Liz was the UK Director of the South Eastern territory for the British Red Cross, responsible for the range of services provided in London and the South East, which included support
to refugees and asylum seekers. Prior to joining the Red Cross, Liz worked in the commercial sector.
Rachael is a grants manager for Trust for London. Previously she has worked at Lloyds TSB Foundation, where she was Interim Manager, England & Wales. Prior to moving into grant-making, Rachael worked at the Citizenship Foundation, Marie Curie Cancer Care and the Charity Commission. Rachael has a Masters in Social Policy from LSE.
Elizabeth is an International Internal Audit Manager for Live Nation Entertainment. Previously she worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers in the Government & Public Sector Assurance department. Elizabeth has a BSc in Mathematics from Leeds University, and is a Chartered Accountant.
Dominique is a member of the Women Asylum Seekers Together London management committee.
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Sara is legal counsel at the Wellcome Trust. She was previously an associate at Farrer & Co, specialising in charity law. Before qualifying as a solicitor, Sara worked at the International Secretariat of Amnesty International and at the Center for Economic and Social Rights.
Nimco is a British Somali social activist who has worked as a civil servant and independent training consultant. She is co-founder and director of Daughters of Eve, a non-profit organisation which focuses on education and awareness raising to stamp out female genital mutilation (FGM). Nimco is a Girl Ambassador for the Girl Generation, the Africa-led movement against FGM. In 2014, Nimco was awarded a Red Woman of the Year award together with Leyla Hussein for their work with Daughters of Eve, and was placed sixth on the Woman’s Hour power list.
Maria is a journalist and writer on refugee issues and London editor of The Nation.
Jade was born in Northern Uganda. She studied journalism at Makerere University, and then went to work as a sports reporter on Uganda Television/Radio and local papers. Jade left Uganda after experiencing torture and persecution, and sought asylum in the UK in 2001. She has been supported by the Medical Foundation – now Freedom from Torture – since arriving in the UK and is a member of their Write to Life group. Jade is also Secretary for the London Refugee Women’s Forum and a volunteer at the Refugee Council since July 2004.