Aisha K Gill is Professor of Criminology at the University of Roehampton. She is an activist academic who has been involved in addressing the problem of violence against women and girls/’honour’ crimes and forced marriage at the grassroots level for the past seventeen years. She is currently in the middle of documenting the experiences of victims/survivors of ‘honour’-based violence, including forced marriage and female genital mutilaion in Hertfordshire and working with the Police Crime Commissioner to improve specialist services for BME communities.
Claire Heuchan is a Black radical feminist and PhD candidate who campaigns for the rights of women, black and minority people, and lesbians. Claire’s work highlights the interactions between race and sex in shaping Black women’s experiences. She speaks at conferences and rallies, and her writing has appeared in French, Spanish, and Portuguese translations. Claire volunteers at the Glasgow Women’s Library and has delivered workshops on the topic of hate crime targeted at lesbians.
Hannana Siddiqui was one of the founders of Southall Black Sisters and has remained one of the group’s key campaigners in their struggle against racism and sexism, including campaigns for justice for women driven by abuse into killing either themselves or their abusers, campaigns around ‘honour’ based violence and against racist and sexist spousal visa laws. Hannana has written numerous publications on violence against minority ethnic women and consults on policy and research for organisations including the Angelou Centre.
Houzan Mahmoud is a campaigner for Kurdish and Iraqi women’s rights. She is Founder of Culture Project, a unique platform for Kurdish writers, feminists, artists and activists to raise awareness about gender and feminism in Kurdistan and Kurdish diaspora in UK. She was one of the leading figures of the Organisation of Women’s Freedom in Iraq. Houzan has led many campaigns internationally, including campaigns against ‘honour’ killings, the rape and abduction of women in Iraq, and against the imposition of Islamic sharia law in Kurdistan and Iraqi constitution.
Nusrat Zamir is the founder of the Chadwell Asian Women’s Network, a community group that educates and encourages discussion and support around women’s experiences of abuse. Nusrat has travelled with the Karma Nirvana roadshow, using her own experience of forced marriage to campaign for other women. She is undertaking a masters in law and her research focuses on ‘honour’ based violence and ‘honour’ killings.
Shakila Mann is the advocacy manager of Southall Black Sisters and has been a member of the group since the mid 1980’s. Her approach to casework illustrates what good practice and emotional and legal advocacy in the domestic violence sector should look like. As well as this behind the scenes work she created SBS’ most iconic banners, has contributed to numerous documentaries and films, and continues to use the arts as a vehicle for her progressive Black feminism.
Sulema Jahangir is a lawyer and campaigner who works to raise awareness of violence against women both in the United Kingdom and in Pakistan. Sulema was pivotal in drafting new legislation in Pakistan on harassment of women at work, domestic violence and acid attacks. She is adept at spotting how cases may be used as ‘test’ cases, has lobbied judges and policy makers on the need for legal reform, and has co-authored and edited numerous publications on violence against women.
Zlakha Ahmed is the founder and manager of Apna Haq, an organisation that provides support services to Muslim and Black women experiencing abuse. She is a community educator, trains magistrates on violence against women, and has campaigned on a broad range of issues, most recently raising awareness of Black and minority ethnic girls experiences of childhood sexual abuse.
IC Change is a grassroots volunteer-led campaign that has made a huge impact in a short period of time. Their work during 2016 to raise awareness of the Istanbul Convention and press for its ratification in the UK has been both inspiration and successful. They have effectively built broad-based support across the political spectrum, women’s sector and amongst campaign organisations.
Safety 4 Sisters is a Manchester women’s organisation that provides services to and campaigns for the rights of migrant women. The group have documented the experiences of migrant women in the UK, the abuse they have been subject to and the barriers to accessing services that they face. They organise training, conferences, and protests, and have released policy briefings as well as a film capturing the voices of migrant women.
Southall Black Sisters was founded in 1979 following the murder of anti-racist activist Blair Peach and since then have combined providing advocacy for local women with nationally reaching campaigns. Their most high profile campaigns have included those for the release of Kiranjit Ahluwalia and Zoora Shah, and campaigns around forced marriage and the abolition of the No Recourse to Public Funds requirement.