About us

Organising Team

  • Alex Cisneros – Human rights researcher and student barrister. Has designed training programmes on women’s rights for distribution in the UK, India and Iran. Contributed to the Indian Government’s Report on violence against women and assisted with litigation at the Human Dignity Trust intended to decriminalise homosexuality in Uganda and Belize.
  • Amy Carrington – Marketing Assistant at Garden Court Chambers. Holds an MA in Human Rights (with a focus on women’s rights) which involved writing a thesis on the eradication of FGM. Interned in policy and campaigns for Planned Parenthood in South Carolina, USA, campaigning at grassroots level for reproductive rights. Mentors a female asylum seeker, fleeing sexual violence and torture, through The Helen Bamber Foundation.
  • Camilla Farthing – law conversion student intending to practise in criminal and public law. Volunteers as a caseworker with Victim Support, and as a mentor with Chance UK, a charity that works with children in Pupil Referral Units.
  • Celena Field – Non-practicing barrister with an LLM in International Human Rights Law. Currently an intern at the Human Dignity Trust assisting with litigation to decriminalise homosexuality in Malawi, Nigeria and Cameroon, as well as planning a long term global litigation strategy, particularly on developing opportunities to bring petitions to the CEDAW Committee. Have volunteered with Reprieve, the legal aid department in Accra, Ghana, and the Citizen’s Advice Bureau.
  • David Neale – immigrants’ rights campaigner and blogger, and pupil barrister at Garden Court Chambers specialising in immigration and asylum law. Former intern with the Immigration Team at Turpin and Miller LLP. Holds an LLM in International Human Rights from Harvard Law School and was involved in the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic.
  • Jennifer Blair – pupil barrister at Garden Court Chambers specialising in women and children’s rights in immigration, community care and broader public law contexts. Previously the Policy Officer for the No Recourse to Public Funds Network, founder of youth empowerment project Big Voice London, which is supported by the Supreme Court, and CEDAW intern at the Women’s National Commission and then at the Women’s Resource Centre. Attended UK examination by the CEDAW Committee in 2013, bringing a group of young people at the invitation of the CEDAW Secretariat to put on a related art exhibition, and contributed to the NGO Working Group’s Shadow Report.

Supporters/Partners

  • Ushrat Sultana –  is Solicitor/Head of Litigation in a Law firm specialising in insolvency, commercial and corporate law, professional negligence, employment, housing, family, probate, medical negligence and personal injury.  She is also a Non-Executive Director of a multi-million pound third party litigation funding Company. She was previously a Strategic Manager for a Member of Parliament for over 5 years. In 2004 Ushrat was appointed the youngest serving Magistrate in Bedfordshire and in 2010 she was elected as a Governor of an NHS Foundation Trust Hospital. She has worked tirelessly on honour based violence for over a decade, speaking at the United Nations, and on the promotion of women and Muslim women’s voices in the UK, across Europe and further afield.

(Confirmation of Supporters/Partners for the project is in its early stages, so we aim to have more information here soon; if you would be interested in supporting this project please email usingcedaw@gmail.com)

Thanks to:

Marc Willers QC for his helpful comments on our first publication, Professor Christine Chinkin from the LSE/Matrix Chambers for being all-round wise about CEDAW, and IWRAW-AP for allowing us to share some of their ideas with you.

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