Women for Refugee Women Staff Natasha Walter

Natasha Walter
Director

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.

Women for Refugee Women Staff Marchu Girma

Marchu Girma
Deputy Director

Marchu Girma is a campaigner advocating for the rights of refugee and asylum-seeking women. She works as the Deputy Director for Women for Refugee Women and is passionate about empowering refugee 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.

Women for Refugee Women Staff Anja Beinroth

Anja Beinroth
Finance Executive

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. She is a qualified community organiser and experienced finance manager. She is honorary treasurer of Living Under One Sun Ltd and a non-executive director of Hackney Co-operative Developments CIC.

Women for Refugee Women Staff Gemma Lousley

Gemma Lousley
Policy and Research Coordinator (Detention)

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.

Priscilla Dudhia
Policy and Research Coordinator (Destitution)

Priscilla previously worked in a policy role for St. Andrew’s Refugee Services in Cairo, advocating for the rights of vulnerable refugees and asylum-seekers from across Africa and the Middle East. Prior to this, she worked as Senior Legal Officer for the organisation, representing asylum-seekers in UNHCR refugee status determination and protection processes. It was her experience at St. Andrew’s that encouraged Priscilla to return to the UK to contribute to the rights of women asylum-seekers here.

Women for Refugee Women Staff Samantha Hudson

Samantha Hudson
Communications Executive

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 holds a Masters in The Politics of Conflict, Rights and Justice from SOAS.

Venus Abduallah
Office Manager

From a young age Venus was inspired by her family’s activism in Sudan and has been involved in working to contribute to the social and democratic change in Sudan. She worked and volunteered with human rights and development charities in Sudan, Netherlands and UK. Venus’ activism focuses on advocating for women’s rights, child rights and social change through education and participatory research.

Venus is passionate about working with young refugees and asylum seekers specially around identity and mental health. Venus is also currently studying for an MA on Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies at University of London where she will be working on examining identity (re)formation and acculturation strategies among Sudan-born migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in the UK.

Women for Refugee Women Staff Rebecca Hayes Laughton

Rebecca Hayes Laughton
Drama and Performance Facilitator (freelance)

Rebecca leads the drama programme at Women for Refugee Women, supporting the women in our network as they learn and build creative and performance skills. Weekly sessions work towards regular performances, and are also a place to relax, build confidence, express ourselves and prepare for campaigning events.

After a twenty year career in TV management at the BBC, ITV and Channel 4, Rebecca is now a Visiting Lecturer and PhD Researcher at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (University of London), and is a freelancer also working on various other performance projects with newly arrived people in the UK.

Women for Refugee Women Staff Sarah Cope

Sarah Cope
Campaigns and Research Officer (freelance)

Sarah has been involved with many environmental and social justice campaigns. As well as working on campaigns and research at Women for Refugee Women, she also runs our ‘Rainbow Sisters’ group for lesbian and bisexual women who have sought asylum.

Trustees

Liz Page
Chair

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.

Aishat Idris
Treasurer

Aishat is a Corporate Governance professional and has extensive experience in Financial Management, Internal audit, Human Resources and Operations Management. She has more than 18 years’ experience working in the charity sector – both at head office level and in the field; with organisations such as Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) and Concern Universal (now United Purpose – UP). Aishat is currently the Finance and Operations Director of Media Legal Defence Initiative and is passionate about education/empowerment of women, youth and the homeless.

Christine Acaye

Christine has recently completed an LLB Law at London South Bank University and, is hoping to pursue an LPC/LLM to qualify and practice. Previously an HR Specialist and Human Rights Defender in Uganda, she is now a refugee here in the United Kingdom and is using her experiences as an asylum seeker to give back in more ways than one. A founder of a small women’s association called THE EVERYDAY WOMAN, she uses this as a way of creating more awareness about the plight of asylum-seeking and refugee women, raising funds for this cause and currently running a bag project aimed at restoring the dignity of the women released from detention. She is also currently volunteering with the British Red Cross as a Refugee Support Caseworker.

Ghadah Al-Nasseri

Ghadah Al-Nasseri is a refugee advocate with over ten years of experience working on different issues related to refugees and women’s political empowerment. She is currently working as a project manager at British Red Cross supporting family-based care and welfare and protection for unaccompanied children in Greece, Denmark and the UK. Previously, she worked for Global Partners Governance and provided project management and technical support for parliamentarians to strengthen their political institutions, and political representation in the Middle East and North Africa region. Ghadah is passionate about women’s rights and working on lobbying and promoting refugee rights. She has been involved in several of Women for Refugee Women advocacy campaigns on alternatives to detention and protection for asylum seekers and migrant women. She has represented WRW at public events, meetings, conferences and been a keynote speaker at Amnesty International, Oxford University, University City of London Student and Cambridge University.

Elen Griffiths

Elen is Assistant Legal Counsel at the charity Breast Cancer Now. She was previously an Associate at Eversheds Sutherland, specialising in charity law, and trained at Farrer & Co. Before qualifying as a solicitor, Elen worked at Mumsnet where she contributed to the Better Miscarriage Care and We Believe You campaigns.

Jade Amoli Jackson

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.

Sabeela Malik

Sabeela is an immigration lawyer with extensive experience of representing vulnerable clients. She practices Public and Administrative Law and is qualified under the Law Society’s Immigration & Asylum Accreditation Scheme as a Level 2 Senior Caseworker and Supervisor which allows her to specialise in Immigration
& Nationality law and provide specialist legal help for publicly funded work under her firm’s Legal Aid franchise.

Sabeela has a keen interest in representing vulnerable clients, particularly victims of human trafficking and modern slavery.

Maria Margaronis

Maria Margaronis is a journalist and regular BBC broadcaster who’s been covering refugees’ stories for the last fifteen years. She has written about refugee lives and asylum policy for the Guardian and the US-based Nation (where she’s the London correspondent) and presented several BBC radio documentaries about refugees in Europe (most recently “Greece’s Haven Hotel” on BBC Radio 4).

Her work has also appeared in many publications, including the New York Times, the Independent, the Times Literary Supplement, and the London Review of Books. She is also a fiction writer and translator of poetry, and was a volunteer mentor for many years with Write to Life, the creative writing group at the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture (now Freedom from Torture). She has been a trustee of Women for Refugee Women since the charity was set up.

Jean-Add Ndow

Jean-Ann Ndow is an Advocacy Manager at the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) the largest movement for girls and young women in the world. WAGGGS works with 10 million girls in 150 countries and Jean-Ann manages WAGGGS’ global flagship campaign on ending violence against girls and women ‘Stop the Violence’ which is currently in 70 countries.

She has worked to support refugee women in various contexts and countries through advocacy and education. With a background in law, she has worked in immigration, criminal and human rights law. She has also trained and worked as a mediator in local communities resolving disputes relating to hate crimes and within corporate settings resolving financial and contractual disputes. Jean-Ann is an an expert on violence against women for the European Women’s Lobby Observatory on Violence against Women and a Global Advisory Board Member for the Centre for Women’s Global Leadership at Rutgers University. She is completing her MA in Human Rights, Culture and Social Justice.

Rachel Robinson

Rachel is a Programmes Principal at the Equality and Human Rights Commission. She leads the Commission’s work on justice and personal security, including work to ensure that equality and human rights standards are upheld in the immigration system. Before joining the Commission, Rachel worked for the NGOs Liberty and Refugee and Migrant Justice. Rachel is a lawyer by background and began her career as a barrister specialising in immigration and asylum law.

Rachael Takens-Milne

Rachael has been a Trustee of Women for Refugee Women since 2012.
Rachael is Head of Programme Support at The Legal Education Foundation, an independent grant-maker focused on promoting law as a tool for improving people’s lives. She previously spent more than a decade at Trust for London, leading grants programmes on safeguarding children, improving protections for trafficked people and supporting the development of strategic litigation; as well as managing a website on London’s poverty and inequality data. Other employers include among others, Lloyds TSB Foundation, the Citizenship Foundation and the Charity Commission. Rachael has a MSc in Social Policy & Planning from LSE.

Chris Taylor

Chris has over 40 years’ experience working in the voluntary sector in senior management roles, primarily concerned with funding. She has worked for charities with international and/or UK programmes, including Save the Children, Comic Relief, London Youth and the National Childbirth Trust.

Chris has been a trustee of a number of charities. During her 6 years on the Board of Womankind Worldwide she was Vice-Chair and chaired the Finance and Communications Committee.