Dr Radhika Govinda is a Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Edinburgh. Her research and teaching interests bridge the fields of gender, international development and political sociology. Her work focuses on gender politics at the intersections of caste, class, race/ethnicity and religion in women’s and social movements, in development policies and practice, in everyday social relations in rural and urban spaces, and in the global dynamics of knowledge production.

Mridul Wadhwa is the manager of the Forth Valley Rape Crisis centre. Since 2005, Mridul has worked to improve service responses within the third and public sector for survivors of sexual violence and domestic abuse. Mridul’s activism has focussed on the rights of BME, Migrant and Trans women.

Ubuntu Women Shelter is the first dedicated shelter in the UK that provides short term accommodation for women with no recourse to public funds.

Samina Ansari is the Chief Executive of Amina Muslim Women’s Resource Centre. Samina has held various positions within Amina, such as the Employability Coordinator and the Helpline Development Coordinator, and has previously worked as a Youth Worker in Glasgow at the Youth Community Support Agency. Samina has a Bachelor’s degree in Professional Development in Community Regeneration and a Masters in Social Sciences.

Tressa Burke is the Chief Executive of the Glasgow Disability Alliance, the largest disabled person led organisation in Europe. She has dedicated her working life to promoting and supporting the rights of disabled people using people led , community development and human rights based approaches. Tressa is a member of the National Advisory Council on Women and Girls and acts as a strategic partner and collaborator to Glasgow City Council and Scottish Government. Tressa holds an MA in Music & Philosophy and a postgraduate Diploma and Masters in Social Work with specialism in community development.

SCOT-PEP are a sex worker-led charity that advocates for the safety, rights and health of everyone who sells sex in Scotland. SCOT-PEP has been involved in the campaign for sex workers’ rights for over 20 years.

Sam Rankin is the Intersectional Equalities Coordinator at the Equality Network, an organisation in Scotland working for LGBTI rights and equality.  Previously Sam worked at the Central Scotland Regional Equality Council (formerly the Central Scotland Racial Equality Council).

Hilary Third works in the Scottish Government Equality Unit as the Secretariat to the Ministerial Working Group on Gypsy/Travellers. Hilary has previously had policy responsibility for disability equality and for British Sign Language (BSL). Hilary has a BA in Social Ethics and Community and Youth Studies and an MA in Housing Studies

Workshop Facilitators

Mhairi McGhee is the Policy and Campaigns officer at HEAR,  a pan-equality network of London equality and human rights voluntary and community sector organisations. Mhairi supports London’s voluntary and community sector to campaign and lobby for improved rights and services for disadvantaged communities in London.

Moud Goba is a project manager at Micro Rainbow, an organisation that aims to find LGBTI refugees and asylum seekers safe shelter in the UK. Moud is a founding member of UK Black Pride and has more than 10 years experience of working with Black LGBTI+ groups in the community.

James Morton is the manager of the Scottish Trans Alliance, which is the Equality Network project to improve gender identity and gender reassignment equality, rights and inclusion in Scotland. James provides transgender equality and human rights policy and good practice guidance and training for the Scottish public, private and voluntary/third sectors.

Alys Mumford is the Communications and Engagement Manager at Engender, Scotland’s feminist policy organisation. Alys leads on the publications, social media and press work of the organisation and works with partner organisations to further women’s equality.