I’m a journalist, editor and women’s rights campaigner and have lived in London - the greatest city in the world - for all my adult life. I’ve written for everyone from Glamour, Grazia and The Stylist to the Independent, the i Paper, the BBC and the New Statesman. I specialise in telling the broad and varied stories of women, as well as covering human rights, social justice, politics, health and culture.
I became an anti-violence against women campaigner after I was raped in 2013. After my court case was scrapped days before I was due to take the stand, I waived my right to anonymity to act as an ambassador for Solace Women’s Aid in north London, later sitting on their policy steering group.
In 2015 I founded and ran a female empowerment and awareness campaign in India called #HerVoice, which saw 10 NGOs focused on protecting women and girls join forces.
The campaign made international headlines and raised tens of thousands for the organisations that took part. Since 2016, I’ve overseen the media campaign for IC Change UK, the award-winning volunteer group that successfully passed a law to timetable the government to ratify the Istanbul Convention.
I was a WEP candidate in the 2019 General Election and successfully ousted Mark Field out of office. I also simultaneously secured a deal with the Liberal Democrats to work towards legislative change on refuge funding as well as the Recall Act.
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I’ve been a London resident for the majority of my life, a dedicated charity worker, avid equality rights campaigner & generally on a mission to make the world a nicer & fairer place for all… & now a Greater London Assembly (GLA) candidate for the Women’s Equality Party!
The deprivation I experienced in my childhood does not have to be the reality. Society can & should be fairer. I dedicated my career to the charity sector & my free time to campaigning, to help end inequality, poverty & discrimination.
Even with all this passion to make society a better place for everyone, I never thought that me, a girl from a deprived background, mixed race & dreaming of equality, would ever be running as a political candidate.
When I discovered the Women’s Equality Party (WEP), I found my political home. I was united with 30,000 WEP members & supporters. WEP made me realise I can be part of the political solution. Politics does not have to be made up of those groomed for political representation or those who have never experienced inequality & therefore do not take action to address it.
Politics needs ordinary women like me to be at the table & help end women’s inequality.
1 in 4 women are subjected to violence. One of the biggest killers of women is their ex or current partner. 1 in 10 women suffer from women’s related ill-health & it takes 7 years for most women to be diagnosed. The majority of homeless women have taken to the streets to escape violence & abuse. Women’s pensions are on average worth a third of men’s. Women continue to be the main carers for children & relatives. For every £1 a man earns, women on average earn 80p, & that disparity is greater if you’re a Black, Asian, disabled or older. Two thirds of girls experience street harassment before they are 16.
It does not have to be like this. London could be the leading city in the world on equality.
The Women's Equality Party is going to to transform London for women & bring about equality. We can do this by transforming the GLA.
That’s why I am running as a GLA candidate. And I need your help. I need donations to help fund my campaign to run as a GLA candidate.
The GLA covers housing, transport, London planning, crime and policing, fire services and the economy.
We need the GLA to:
- Put violence against women and girlsat the top of the agenda; work with police to prevent violence & the justice system to hold perpetrators to account & provide services for victims, including BAME, disabled & women in care.
- Provide safer, accessible streets& transport in London for all women, including young, older & disabled women.
- Make London the leading city on addressing climate change.
- Work with London businesses & trades to address the gender pay gap, work-based discrimination& promote business women.
- Demand a London living wage for domestic, care & health workers who are mainly women, working class & BAME.
- End housing inequality& social housing cleansing, & provide social housing for the most vulnerable.
Your donation will help fund me to run as a GLA political candidate & help the Women's Equality Party transform London into the first gender equal city!
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