Rebecca Collins is the Communications & Development Manager at The GREAT Initiative where she also provides gender equality training for corporates, teachers, and volunteers for the Great Men project. Passionate about each individual’s potential for positive global change, Rebecca is committed to both grassroots work to promote equality, and in pursuing high-level change. Before working at GREAT Rebecca managed fundraising, projects and communications at a human rights law charity and has extensive volunteering experience across different fields.
Sarah Lyall is a Social policy researcher for the New Economics Foundation. Sarah works in the Social Policy team on sustainable social justice covering experiences of poverty and inequality in the UK, local action to address social and economic inequalities, working time and social security. Sarah also facilitates the London Co-production Practitioners’ Network and is interested in supporting innovative approaches to social services.
Milli Hill is a writer and the founder of The Positive Birth Movement, a grassroots global network of free antenatal groups aiming to bring women together to improve childbirth. She writes a weekly column on birth and motherhood for BestDaily.co.uk and also writes for the Telegraph, Guardian, Juno Magazine, and several birth related publications.
Antonia Ruppel has a PhD in Classics from Cambridge and is an amateur photo- and calligrapher. She just spent a decade teaching Latin, Greek and Sanskrit at Cornell University and is now teaching Sanskrit and Classics at St James Senior Boys School south-west of London. She thinks of the St James Schools' project of reintroducing Sanskrit into secondary schools as a bit of a 19th-century revival, but in a good way: this time around, women participate as equals and no one is being colonised. Ask her if you want to know more!
Nawal El Saadawi was born in 1931, in a small village outside Cairo. She is the author of over 50 novels and short stories. As well as being a world renowned novelist she is a trained psychiatrist and outspoken advocate for feminism, socialism and anti-imperialism.
A new film has just been released about Nawal and the trailer with more information can be seen HERE
Her books include:
Woman at Point Zero (new edition)
Hidden Face of Eve (new edition)
God dies by the Nile and other Novels (new edition)
Alison Boydell works and volunteers in the sexual violence sector. She is a lifelong feminist activist, campaigner and advocate for victims and survivors of sexual violence, and more recently, for women who are targeted with online harassment and abuse. In 2013, she co-founded the End Online Misogyny with Catalina Hernandez, in response to the abuse received by Caroline Criado-Perez. In 2014, Alison co-founded JURIES, campaigning for the mandatory briefings of juries on rape myths, stereotypes and realities in sexual violence trials, with Jill Saward. Alison is hoping to do an MA in Sexual Violence in 2016.
Elizabeth is an artist and feminist activist. She survived non-State torture in her childhood. Her art-work is included in feminist journals, articles, education classes, exhibitions, conferences, and in the community to raise awareness about non-State torture. Elizabeth took part in a recent CBC Nova Scotia Canada radio/TV documentary with Jeanne Sarson and Linda MacDonald of Persons Against Non-State Torture. She campaigned for NST to be included as a specific form of VAWG in the Women’s Resource Centre’s Shadow Report for the UK’s examination at the UN Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in 2013. Elizabeth speaks her story nationally, and this year internationally at the UN in New York and Vienna on Non-State Torture. Her website is: www.artprintsnst.net
Jeanne Sarson and Linda MacDonald work nationally and internationally promoting the realization that torture victimization occurs in the private sphere and is an invisibilized human rights crime. As human right defenders, educators, published authors, and nurses, their grass root support began 22 years ago with a woman seeking to heal from torture victimization which began in her infancy, perpetrated by family members. Since then they have had various levels of contact with over 4000 mainly women who report such relational torture, commonly combined with being trafficked, ‘prostituted’, and forcedly involved in pornography. Seeking to remove the human rights inequality, discrimination, and pathologisation that confronts women so tortured they have presented on panels during sessions of United Nations Commissions in New York City, Geneva, and Vienna and are members of the NGO, the Canadian Federation of University Women. “Hidden Horrors” is a radio documentary of their work. As feminist—Jeanne says since age three—Linda since age seven—they have partners; Linda has two daughters and a son, Jeanne has twin sons. They present together because speaking out helps them stay well. They manage their website: www.nonstatetorture.org
Jackie Jones is a feminist activist academic lawyer. She specialises in the human rights of women and ending violence against women and girls. She is active in the Third Sector in Wales, nationally and internationally, using law to effect change wherever possible. She works with the European Women Lawyers Association
Mars Lord (Mammy Doula) is mother of five children, the youngest of whom are twins.
Mars became a Birth and Postnatal Doula with Doula UK www.doula.org.ukin late 2006, quickly gaining Recognition status. Since then she has helped 100s of families and attended the births of many babies. In addition to her work as a Doula, Mars Lord has also supported many families with breastfeeding preparation and postnatal trouble shooting. As well as being a mentor to new doulas, Mars is the Head of Internal Communications for Doula UK.
Mars has a passion for all things birth, twins, breastfeeding and currently runs workshops for doulas and other interested birth workers - Loving The Multiple Mamas A love of people and life fuels her and she is a passionate advocate of birth choices. A good birth is one where informed choice and informed consent are practised.
Mars Lord is part of your favourite London-based doula collective, Birth in the City (find us on Instagram @birthinthecity).
She is excited to be returning to the Feminism in London Conference.
Vix Anderton is the Head of Project Management at Social Development Direct. She is a gender and security expert, with particular interest in gender mainstreaming in the military. A former Royal Air Force intelligence officer, she holds a Masters’ degree from King’s College London and has been published in several peer-reviewed journals, including the Royal United Services Institute and Chatham House. She has worked for a number of think tanks, military institutions and women’s rights organisations to promote the rights of women and girls in conflict-affected and fragile states.
Abigail Hunt is Policy & Advocacy Manager at Womankind Worldwide. In this role she leads the organisation’s UK and internationally-focused policy work on women’s public and political participation and leadership, with a strong Women, Peace & Security focus. She is also Co-chair of the UK Gender and Development Network Women’s Participation and Leadership working group. She has spent most of her career working on policy development with governments, international institutions and CSOs. After spending several years working on violence against women policy in the UK she went to the European Women’s Lobby in Brussels. She has also worked as a Gender Advisor to the Ministry of Women and Gender in Burkina Faso, and for the Secrétariat permanent des organisations non gouvernementales (SPONG), an NGO umbrella organisation in Burkina Faso. She holds an MA in Gender and International Development. To learn more about Womankind Worldwide, visit their website www.womankind.org.uk. Womankind Worldwide is an active member of the Gender Action for Peace and Security (GAPS) network, gaps-uk.org/
Nicola Pratt is Reader of the International Politics of the Middle East, University of Warwick. She is particularly interested in feminist approaches as well as ‘politics from below’. Her work has appeared in International Studies Quarterly, Third World Quarterly and Review of International Studies, amongst others. She is co-author (with Nadje Al-Ali) of What Kind of Liberation? Women and the Occupation of Iraq (University of California Press, 2009) and co-editor with Al-Ali of Women and War in the Middle East (2009), as well as co-editor of Gender, Governance and International Security (2013, with Sophie Richter-Devroe) and Rethinking Gender in Revolutions and Resistance: Lessons from the Arab World (2015, with Maha El Said and Lena Meari). Between 2010 and 2013 she was co-director of a British Academy-funded research partnership with Birzeit University’s Institute for Women’s Studies. In 2013-2014, she held a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship, researching the history of women’s activism in Egypt, Lebanon and Jordan. She is a member of WILPF since 2007 as well as a member of Stop the War Coalition and Palestine Solidarity Campaign.
Rothna Begum is the women’s rights researcher for the Middle East and North Africa region at Human Rights Watch. During this time, she has researched sexual violence and slavery of Yezidi women by ISIS in Iraq; and advocated for truth, justice and retribution for victims of sexual violence in post-2011 conflict Libya. She has also advocated for the promotion of women’s rights in Yemen’s new constitution and the abolition of child marriage; an end to discrimination against women in Saudi Arabia by dismantling the guardianship system; a systematic response to end sexual harassment and assault in Egypt; and reforms of personal status laws in Lebanon. She has in recent years led the advocacy on reform of the United Arab Emirates and other Gulf states’ laws and systems that facilitate abuse and exploitation of migrant domestic workers. She has conducted research building up a body of work on the government response to domestic violence in the Middle East such as in Lebanon and Morocco.
Prior to Human rights Watch, Rothna worked for Amnesty International for five and a half years’ researching and advocating against a whole host of human rights violations in the Middle East and North Africa region, focusing on the Gulf region. Rothna holds a LLB in Law and a LLM in Legal Theory from the London School Economics and Political Science. She qualified in subjects such as international human rights law, public international law and Islamic law. She speaks five languages including Bengali and Arabic.
Farhana Qazi is an author, activist and speaker on women in Kashmir. She advises U.S. policymakers, appears regularly in the media and is a frequent speaker at U.S. government events and international conferences. In recognition of her efforts, Ms. Qazi received the 21st Century Leader Award by The National Committee on American Foreign Policy (NCAFP) in New York and the Distinguished Humanitarian Award from her alma mater in Texas for her work on women in war. She is the author of the forthcoming book, Secrets of the Valley: A Personal Journey to the War in Kashmir Between India and Pakistan, the story of female survivors of war in Kashmir (Pharos, winter 2015). Her second book is a human interest story that explores the women who have changed the way we think about terrorism.
To learn more about her work, visit www.farhanaqazi.com
Amy Jasper is the UK Community Network Coordinator for STOP THE TRAFFIK.
Amy has worked with multiple NGOs on issues ranging from youth work and disability, education to community engagement. She has experience working in Nepal, Cambodia and Australia before relocating to the UK.
STOP THE TRAFFIK is a charity that seeks to empower and inspire activists from all over the world to help end human trafficking for good. They believe that community transformation, campaigning and knowledge sharing is key to preventing trafficking from occurring and building traffik-resilient communities. STOP THE TRAFFIK are embedded in local embedded in local communities in the UK through their volunteer networks as well as being international influential through the UN GIFT Box.
Juliette Burton is an award-winning performer and writer.
Juliette has performed her critically acclaimed shows, When I Grow Up and Look At Me, at the Edinburgh Fringe. She has also performed When I Grow Up at the Adelaide Fringe and Melbourne Comedy Festival.
Juliette credits include This Morning (ITV), Skin Deep (BBC Radio Scotland) and Feeling Kind Of Funny (BBC Radio Scotland).
Juliette is an ambassador for Mind, B-eat and the Be Real campaign. She presented at the inaugural Body Confidence Awards alongside Gok Wan and Jameela Jamil, as well as hosing the TEDxWarwick 2015 Talks event at Warwick University.
Kerry Smith is a human rights lawyer, and is a qualified solicitor. She started her career working as a legal representative for refugees and undertaking her legal training in the area of actions against the policy and other authorities. Following her training contract Kerry worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross as a protection delegate and Head of Office in Ethiopia and Colombia. On her return to the UK she worked as a gender adviser for Amnesty International before joining Save the Children UK as a Humanitarian Policy Adviser leading on situations of conflict and the protection of children. In 2012 Kerry joined Plan International UK as Head of Advocacy, Campaigns and Research and leads policy, advocacy and campaigning on international girls rights and also work on girls rights in the UK.
Lucy Monaghan is the joint head of the Forced Marriage Unit (FMU), a joint Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Home Office Unit. The FMU runs a public helpline, providing confidential advice and support to victims and professionals with responsibility for safeguarding children and protecting adults from the abuses associated with forced marriage.
Lucy works extensively with victims, NGO’s and professional bodies to ensure victims are protected. Part of this work includes presenting at schools to educate the next generation.