Speakers

Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu

Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu, PhD MBA LLM MA LLB IAQ,  is a dual qualified New York Attorney and Solicitor of England & Wales. She is the Co-Chair of the American Bar Association Africa Committee and editor-in-chief of the Women in Leadership publication she founded. An activist, Dr Shola is one of the organisers of Women's March London. More information on Dr Shola is available at www.drshola.com

CHAIR

Refugee Women's Voice

Refugee Women's Voice meets weekly to build performance skills and rehearse for campaigning and other events.  We write poems, share songs and work with friends and colleagues on focused drama projects.  This group helps us restore self-esteem through singing, poetry and simple exercises and provides a supportive space for us.  It's a very joyful group, empowering and energising.

Women for Refugee Women's drama group

Stella Creasy MP

Stella was elected as the Labour and Co-operative MP for Walthamstow in May 2010. As the MP she has sought to support a range of groups to work with local public services as well as each other, for the benefit of the area, using grassroots activism to lead national social and economic change. Prior to that Stella was Head of Campaigns at the Scout Association; working to support young people across the country in developing their own advocacy skills.

Member of Parliament for Walthamstow

Marchu Girma

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.

Grassroots Director, Women for Refugee Women

Anju

Anju is currently seeking asylum in the UK, living in Leicester. Last year, she was detained in Yarl’s Wood for nearly three months. She will be sharing her poem, ‘Yarl’s Wood’.

City of Sanctuary

Priscille

Priscille a refugee from Cameroon has been empowered to become a campaigner by the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, and ensuring the voices of refugee women are included.

Women for Refugee Women

Talha

Talha, an activist and a campaigner with Coventry Migrant Women's House and Coventry Action for Refugee and Asylum Seekers Group is reading out a poem written by the group

CARAG

Agnes Tanoh

Hope Projects

Tracy N’dovi

Survivors Speak OUT (SSO) is a torture survivor-led activist network that was set up by survivors, for survivors, to speak out against torture and its impact including through the UK asylum system. Members seek to influence decision makers and create meaningful change in policy and practice.  SSO is supported by the charity Freedom from Torture.

Survivors Speak OUT

Shrouk El Attar

LGBT+ Rights Activist and Refugee from Egypt and winner of Migrants Organise and UNHCR Young Woman of the Year. Previously NUS International Students Officer of Wales, representing 30,000 students across the country, jointly campaigning for Equal Access with 27,000 students within STAR (Student Action for Refugees). Today, the campaign has been successful at 57 universities. Shrouk is currently a STAR National Trustee while studying for a Masters Degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering at Cardiff University.

STAR, UNHCR

Kate Green MP

Kate Green was elected MP for Stretford and Urmston in May 2010. She was re-elected in 2015 and in 2017. She is a long standing campaigner against poverty and inequality, is a member and former chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Poverty, she currently chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group on Migration. Kate also served as a magistrate for 16 years.

Member of Parliament for Stretford and Urmston

Joy, Elif, Jade and Prossy

Write to Life is the creative writing and performance group at the charity Freedom from Torture and is made up of people who have survived torture and are now refugees in the UK. This currently predominantly female group read all over the country, write for online and print publications, and star in both live theatre and film. It is the longest-running refugee writing group in the UK.

Write to Life

G

G is a Brasilian survivor of domestic and sexual violence in the UK, she has been supported by the Latin American Women's Rights Service and is an active member of the Step Up Migrant women campaign demanding safe-reporting mechanisms to all victims of violence. 

Latin American Women’s Rights Service – Step Up Migrant Women

Hanan

Hanan is a young woman living in the north of England. She is battling UK immigration rules to be reunited with her little sister, a child, who is unaccompanied and vulnerable in North Africa. 

Safe Passage

Maya Ghazal

Maya Ghazal is an 18 year old Syrian refugee from Damascus who arrived in the UK in 2015 via family reunion. She’s now a student of Aviation engineering at Brunel University, a UNHCR supporter, an ambassador for The Children's Society, an advocate for refugee rights and recently supporting UNHCR new campaign regarding family visa reunion. She is the recipient of Diana’s Legacy Award and the Inspire Midlands Diana Awards 2017 and the National Volunteering Award from The Children’s Society in 2017.

UNHCR

Zrinka Bralo

Zrinka Bralo was a journalist in Bosnia before the conflict began, including five years at the National Radio in Sarajevo. As the conflict escalated, Zrinka sought asylum in the United Kingdom, but she was at first refused and fought deportation for three years. She set up the National Coalition of Anti-Deportation Campaigns and since 2001, Zrinka has been Chief Executive of Migrants Organise. In 2011 Zrinka launched the Women on the Move Awards for outstanding grassroots leaders.    

Migrants Organise

Sandhya Sharma

Sandhya Sharma works at Safety4Sisters North West. Based in Manchester, Safety4Sisters  aims to secure greater protection, safety and support for migrant women who have experienced gender-based violence and who have no recourse to public funds/state benefits.

Safety4Sisters

D.U.U.

D.U.U is an ambassador of Southall Black Sisters. She raises awareness of violence against Black and Minority women within the community and takes part in social and political activities to support and counsel her fellow survivors. She is currently fighting to have her rights and dignity recognised in the UK as an asylum seeker.

Southall Black Sisters

Mariam Yusuf

Mariam Ibrahim Yusuf lives in Manchester. She arrived in the UK in 2008 from Somalia fleeing war and gender-based violence. Mariam has been detained and is still homeless and stuck in the asylum system. As she wants to bring something positive out of her experience, Mariam dedicates her time to campaigning for change. In 2016 Mariam was named  Woman of the Year  at the Women on the Move awards and is a member of  Women Asylum Seekers Together Manchester management committee. WAST women come together to empower and support each other, build their confidence and avoid isolation. Mariam also raises awareness of FGM by running workshops in schools as a peer mentor.

WAST Manchester

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