Black and Minoritised Women and the #MeToo Movement

Around the world, Black and minoritised women are subjected to gender-based violence which is compounded by their experience of intersecting oppressions based on gender, race, faith, caste and more. In the context of #metoo I ask what kinds of violence #metoo is enabling women to call out.

About Huda: Huda Jawad was born in Baghdad and left Iraq at the age of two. She travelled the Middle East throughout her childhood eventually arriving as a political refugee and settling in the UK in 1988.

She has a combined Honours Degree in Sociology and Psychology from Roehampton University and a Masters in International Studies and Diplomacy from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. She also holds a PTTLS Level 4 Certificate and is a qualified National Women’s Aid trainer in Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence.

Huda has held various positions in local government, national and international NGOs and charities tackling a range of issues including social exclusion, justice, equality. From 2001-2010 she worked in the field of international relations, politics and conflict resolution.

She came into her feminist consciousness in 2011 when she was the coordinator for a research project that tracked the lives of 100 women who had left their abusive partners, for three years. The project was the first of its kind in Europe and was carried out in partnerships with Solace Women’s Aid and the Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit. She is currently the Project Coordinator for the Safety Across Faith and Ethnic Communities where she works with faith and BME communities to improve the response to domestic abuse and gender based violence.

Huda describes herself as an intersectional Muslim feminist and is a member of Musawah, the global movement for equality and justice in the Muslim family. She is also a 2017 Clore Social Fellow and a trustee of End Violence Against Women Coalition, a leading coalition of specialist women’s support services, researchers, activists, survivors and NGOs working to end violence against women and girls in all its forms in the UK. Huda is also one of the organisers of Women’s March London whose most recent activity was organising the July 2018 ‘Bring the Noise’ March to protest Trump’s Visit which brought more that 250,000 people out on the streets in a show of solidarity and inclusivity.

Huda lives in London with her husband and two sons.

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