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.

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.

Nahzley Anvarian
Grassroots Coordinator

Naz has been working with refugees and those seeing asylum in various capacities throughout the UK and Europe since 2006. She has worked with individuals as well as within communities and refugee camp settings.

Through her work, she has gained extensive knowledge regarding the issues and challenges faced by this vulnerable group. She has worked with various organisations, including the Refugee Council/UK, British Red Cross, International Federation of Red Cross, France Terre d’asile, Afghan Association Paiwand, Safe Passage, Second Tree (based in Greece), Hopetowns and Breadwinners. She is on the Board of Trustees for Refugee Rights Europe.

Naz is committed to making a positive change to the lives of refugees by ensuring their basic Human Rights are upheld, as well as empowering and encouraging them to achieve their full potential.

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.

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 and Fundraising Manager

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.

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.

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, bisexual and trans women, and non-binary people seeking asylum..

Trustees

Rachel Krys
Chair

Rachel is an equality and human rights campaigner. Rachel was co-director of the End Violence Against Women Coalition for three years, and has worked with charities, the public and private sectors to challenge inequality and promote human rights. Rachel was chair of governors for a federation of primary schools in south London. She is currently working with the Bar Council on equality and diversity projects.

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.

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.

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 Marketing and Communications Committee.