PROJECT LEAD TEAM

Latefa Narriman Guemar holds a PhD from the University of East London. Her thesis was on Women of the New Algerian Diaspora: Online Discourse, Social Consciousness and Political Engagement.  When she moved to the UK, Latefa has had to re-orient her study and has undertaken an MSc on Population Movement and Policy at Swansea University. Latefa has made an important contribution to the 2011 review of gender / women's issues in Country of Origin information for making decision on asylum applications in the UK; Latefa has also undertaken research on the conduct of asylum interviews at UKBA looking at the range of issues, including gender, sexuality, religion, and age, which might impact upon the ability of asylum applicants to discuss their experiences; On the impact of forced migration on women's mental health;

Latefa has a particular interest in gender issues in forced migration, Diasporas and identities. In 2008, she has co-edited Fragments from the Dark: Women Writing Home and Self in Wales, as part of the Refugees Writing in Wales project.

 She was a research associate for the Centre of Migration Policy Research at Swansea University between 2009 and 2015 and a visiting Fellow at the LSE, Gender Institute between 2012 and 2014. She is now leading the Research for Action and Influence project at the Evelyn Oldfield Unit, a charity that develops and co-ordinates support services for Refugee and Migrant Community Organisations and individuals

Nazifa Haqpal is a former Afghan diplomat specializing in social development work with a particular interest in human rights and violence against women. Mrs Haqpal was assigned as a Second Secretary in Afghan Embassy - London in 2011. She was head of consulate department of the Embassy and later in 2013 she established a human rights/ women’s rights department at the embassy. She advocated for human rights, particularly Afghan Women's and children’s rights.

In 2009 Mrs Haqpal was appointed as a Head of United State of America Desk in the Fifth Political Directorate. In this role, she held regular meetings with US diplomats and represented Afghanistan in several national and international meetings and conferences. 

Before joining the Foreign Service, Mrs Haqpal worked as a Human Rights Assistant with the United Nation Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) in 2008 and Action Aid International as a women's Rights Officer in 2006.

She has a Master’s degree in International Security and Diplomacy from the University of East Anglia (London Academy of Diplomacy) and a Bachelor’s degree in Administration and Diplomacy from the Law and Political Science faculty -Kabul University. She is fluent in Dari, Pashto and English.

Indira Kartallozi is the founder and director of Chrysalis Family Futures – a social enterprise that stands for protection and empowering of human and socio-economic rights of vulnerable and marginalised families and children. She is also the founder of the Migrant Entrepreneurs International. Her work and expertise has taken her to various countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. In the UK, Indira has experience working as a freelancer for Freedom from Torture, Baobab Centre for Young Survivors in Exile, and Haringey Migrant Support Centre. In 2015, Indira was a top 5 finalist in the Migrant Woman of the Year. She is also on the Advisory Board of GERMIN, a Kosovo diaspora initiative, and impacto, a Malaysian social enterprise. Previously, she was President of the judging panel for the Social Enterprise Reporting Awards (SERAs), an initiative of CSR Nigeria. Indira has over 15-years of experience in advice on welfare, housing and immigration rights and her expertise ranges from issues of forced migration and human rights, to social entrepreneurship and gender equality. Since completing her MA in Refugee Studies and her groundbreaking research on austerity and welfare reforms, Indira has been invited to speak at various conferences and seminars around the world.

Quhramaana Kakar is the founder and director of Women for Peace and Participation. She works for women’s empowerment in the areas of leadership development through political participation in peacebuilding, and international development with special focus on women’s and vulnerable individual’s economic development and their inclusion at the policy level. She is N-Peace 2012 Role Model for Peace awardee, currently providing support to UN peace-network as advisor on the strategic board. She has been advising policy makers and politicians advocating for the rights of women and vulnerable communities in Europe and US on international intervention in Afghanistan. Besides her role with international community she was the Gender Advisor for the Afghanistan Peace and Reconciliation Program, to ensure that women’s interests are considered and integrated in the peace process. She holds an Mphil from the University of Cambridge, a master in Public Policy from Germany, a master in development economics and a master in Business Administration.

Dr. Sibel Safi is an associate professor in the field of Public International Law with a range of experience in teaching and research in the areas of migration, refugees, gender including the perspective of International Law and Refugee Law.

She has LLB degree from Ankara University, MA degree in EU Law from University of Bucharest, Ph.D in Public International Law and  LL.M degree in Refugee Law from University of East London. She worked as an associate member at the Centre for Migration, Refugees and Belonging (CMRB) at University of East London and she worked as a researcher at the Queen Mary University, Law Department between 2013-2014.  She is the author of 'Evaluation of Human Rights: Turkey case' 2010 and 'Freedom of Speech and Expression in International Law: country cases' 2013 and ‘Death by Culture; Accountability in International Law’ 2013. Her recent researches are about the potential honour killing victims’ asylum applications which she aims to reveal the lack of uniformity in asylum policies referring to particular social group criteria set up by the Geneva Convention-1951 that negatively affects the adjudication of honour killing asylum claims, resulting in inconsistent judgments and unjust disparities. She is working on the theory of political opinion, stating that ‘if a woman resists gendered oppression, her resistance is political.’’ She is the founder and the director of Gender Development Studies Centre –Gendes at Gediz University.  She is one of the founders of DEMIS (The centre for development, migration and Social Policies) and she is the director of the centre. She is continuing her research and lecturing work at Dokuz Eylul University at the present.

Desy Ayu Pirmasari currently doing my PhD in Politics at the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion, Lancaster University with the funding from Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education (LPDP). Previously, she did an MA in Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies at Lancaster sponsored by Chevening scholarship of UK Government.

Desy Ayu PirmasariDesy research focus on gender discourse in post-war societies. She interested in how gender is constructed during the insurgency and the aftermath, as well as the media roles within the war-torn societies. My interest is motivated by my own previous background as a journalist. She have been covering stories amid civil unrest, conflict zones, and war including Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, Sri Lanka, Mindanao (Philippine), Pattani (Thailand), and North Korea. She interviewed Julen Madariaga (Co-Founder Basque Separatis Group Eustadi Ta Askatasuna/ETA) during coverage in Basque Spain, and in Mindanao she managed to interview Nur Misuari (founder and leader of the Moro National Liberation Front/MNLF), Ghazali Jaafar (Vice Chairman of Moro Islamic Liberation Front/MILF) and Ameril Umbra Kato founder of Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement (BIFM).

Rehab Abdelmahmoud Jameel is a human rights activist, Civil engineer and sustainable development consultant. She is the Director of Global Eyes organisation (established in 2016), Diversity Living Services and Conserve Africa organisations (both found in 2010). She is a co founder of United Women for peace. Jameel's current focus of work is socio-economic integration of refugee and migrant communities into the UK society, and means to addressing identity crisis among Muslim youth in the diaspora. She also has a special interest in eradicating FGM. Rehab runs campaigns to stop FGM.

Over the past ten years Rehab has been involved with many UK charitable organisations to facilitate migrants, refugees and asylum seekers’ integration and to fight against FGM that is still being practiced in some communities in the UK.

As a British Sudanese Campaigner who has experienced FGM at a very young age, Rehab has become a role model in advancing women and girls’ rights by successfully completing her university post graduate education in the UK in Engineering for Sustainable Development from University of Cambridge. She aims to empower, raise the confidence and develop the skills of other women and girls to reject FGM. Her campaign against FGM has inspired many refugees, migrants and asylum seekers who are still trapped in their cultures and traditions that are not compatible with human rights. In 2016 she was awarded the prestigious inspiring Migrant Woman of the Year and Community Champion Awards.

Rehab developed and implemented sustainable development policies and environmental management systems manual for the charity sector including Save the Children UK, and over the last five years she has done similar work in her home country Sudan and in some European countries. She is the leader of the global youth exchange sustainability projects of Global learning and skills partnership organisation. Over the last three years, Rehab has organised and lead 30 youth exchange programs educating 700 young students and raising awareness of the impact of climate change with a focus on intercultural learning.  

Among her many Human Rights activities, Rehab has also a big interest in the cause of Genocide where she works with Darfur Students Movement to raise awareness of human rights abuse as well as other atrocities and genocide criminal acts taking place in her home country - Sudan.

Rehab works with some organisations like Survivors Tribune to raise awareness and discuss issues related to the use of rape as a tool/weapon of genocide and other human atrocities, and to seek support for the victims/survivors of rape.

 As a member of the Survivors Tribune she speaks at schools, universities and other public and private places to share her experience through education and awareness raising.