Harriet Wistrich is a solicitor of twenty years experience working with the renowned civil liberties firm, Birnberg Peirce and Partners. She is the winner of the Liberty Human Rights Lawyer of the Year award 2014 and winner of the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year 2018 for public law. She is the founder of Centre for Women’s Justice and is also an active member of the Police Action Lawyers Group, Inquest Lawyers Group, Justice for Women and is a trustee of the charity, the Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize.
Sasha is Chair of the Trustees at the Centre for Women’s Justice and a founding member.
She's currently the Chief Executive of Irwell Valley Housing association. She is a Women’s Studies MA and a lifelong feminist, having worked at Rape Crisis and been involved in many housing and support projects for women. Sasha is also a Board member of North West Housing, promoting housing co-operartives in the North West and a member of WISH (Women In Social Housing) North West.
Sarah is a solicitor and founding partner of the firm Deighton Pierce Glynn. She specialises in civil rights and civil liberties claims arising from abuses by the state. She has particular expertise in challenges to state failings in relation to violence against women and has been involved in a number of key cases in this connection, including the domestic homicide cases of Colette Lynch, Rachael Slack and Maria Stubbings, and the Supreme Court case of Michael v South Wales Police, where she represented Liberty and Refuge as intervenors.
Davina James-Hanman is an independent Violence Against Women Consultant. She was formerly the Director of AVA (Against Violence & Abuse) for 17 years, which she took up following five years at L.B. Islington as the first local authority Domestic Violence Co-ordinator in the UK (1992). From 2000-08, she had responsibility for developing and implementing the first London Domestic Violence Strategy for the Mayor of London.
Samira is a freelance journalist and broadcaster. She presents radio and TV programmes for the BBC and previously worked for Channel 4 News. In 2009 she won Broadcast of the Year at the annual Stonewall Awards for her special report on “corrective” rape of lesbian women in South Africa. She is a Visiting Professor of Journalism at Kingston University and a regular contributor to The Big Issue.
Yasmin is a human rights activist and researcher, currently working as an independent consultant. Previously, Yasmin worked with a number of women’s organisations including the Women’s Resource Centre as Coordinator of the pan-London Violence Against Women and Girls Consortium and with Welsh Women’s Aid, providing training on equalities, diversity and inclusion for higher education institutions and an independent panel member reviewing past serious case reviews.
Yasmin has worked for 30 years predominantly on violence against women, race, faith and gender, and human rights. She co-edited a book, Moving in the Shadows, which examines violence experienced by minority women and girls in the UK. She is working on a second book looking at polygamous and temporary marriage and its links to violence and abuse of women and girls.
Yasmin is currently a Board member of EVAW (End Violence Against Women Coalition) and the Cross-Government Working Group on Hate Crimes. She is also a Trustee of the Centre for Secular Space.
Janice Turner has been a columnist and interviewer for The Times since 2003. She won the British Press Awards best interviewer in 2014 and has been shortlisted for numerous other awards, including this year’s Orwell Prize for Journalism.
At The Times she has a wide brief, but has written frequently on feminist issues including prostitution, pornography, women in prisons, reproductive rights, the debate around the Gender Recognition Act and violence against women. She has reported on feminist issues, including the headscarf debate in Turkey, the Rotherham grooming gangs and latterly the Irish abortion referendum. She has made a speciality of interviewing prominent women leaders including Hillary Clinton, Julia Gillard, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Melinda Gates and Condoleezza Rice for The Times Saturday magazine.
Besides The Times, she has written for many other publications including New Statesman, The Guardian, Mail on Sunday, Red, Elle, Harper’s, Good Housekeeping, Evening Standard, Radio Times. Early in her career she launched and edited two women’s magazines for Bauer Publishing.
Sanchita is a recognised expert in human rights and equality law, policy and practice, with over fifteen years of working both in the UK and internationally. She is Director at British Institute of Human Rights provideing strategic leadership and management, overseeing operations, with a lead role in policy and campaigning. Sanchita convenes an innovative new clinical module at QMUL School of Law, "Securing human rights" which provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to gain practical learning and experience of using human rights standards within the charity sector.
Sanchita has a particular expertise in addressing violence against women from a human rights perspective, having worked on a number of UK and international projects on these issues, including on "honour" crimes. She has been an academic researcher, worked as a freelance researcher, and lead policy and strategy development, in a variety of positions at organisations including Nottingham University, SOAS, Greater London Domestic Violence Project, Matrix Chambers, and Rights of Women. Sanchita has previously worked on human rights in the United Nations system, both at the Secretariat in New York and the World Health Organisation in Geneva.
She was previously the Chair of Rights of Women, a national legal organisation, overseeing the organisation’s constitution as a charity. Sanchita holds an LLM Human Rights Law and an LLB in Law.
Sara is a chartered accountant with over 18 years experience across multiple finance disciplines. Sara has worked for numerous multinational organisations such as Siemans and Disney, and has held senior commercial finance positions at the online fashion retailer Asos. She currently heads up finance at Bay Media, an outdoor media company based in North London.
Sara is also the co-founder of online eco furniture business La Maison De Furniture, and provides finance consultation services to early stage start-ups.
Nic Mainwood, Project Coordinator
Kate Ellis, Solicitor
Sohini Mehta, Paralegal