Sadia is a frontline professional, based in Gloucestershire, working in the sexual violence field, with a focus on Black Minority Ethnic women. Through her experiences, Sadia became aware that despite the prevalence of “honour” based violence in the area, there was an absence of specialist support services for victims and Survivors in the county.
Determined to tackle “honour” based violence within Gloucestershire, Sadia not only challenges community members, but also those from outside the community who remain silent about the abuse. Sadia independently campaigns to raise awareness about the issues within Gloucestershire and to look for ways to ensure that local victims and survivors of “honour” based violence are safeguarded and supported.
Sadia organised and personally funded a hugely successful event titled ‘Let’s Talk Honour’ in October 2016, which was held at Gloucester University. Sadia spoke passionately about her experiences and brought together leading activists from across the country to educate the hundreds of delegates on the issue and help spark a local movement. Sadia has achieved the start of a local network connected with national organisations.
Sadia launched Gloucestershire Sisters, a new organisation to support victims and Survivors in the county. The organisation has an email support service and Sadia is delivering school workshops and training professionals about “honour” based violence, forced marriage and female genital mutilation.