I campaign for immigration, focused on undocumented migrants living in the UK who are finding it difficult to get into higher education even after they get their residence. The issues I care about are immigration, education, feminism, class divide, mental health and social issue and action. What keeps me busy would be just going through everyday life - balancing family, friends, job, campaign work and my mental health.
Adebola receives a Scholarship for Campaigners of Colour funded by Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust. This scholarship is specifically for campaigners living outside of London
I am a human rights campaigner and activist specialising in women's issues. I am also a mother to a 13 year old boy, a teacher and now a part time law student. I recently organised an event at the House of Commons to highlight the way victims of domestic violence, abuse and harassment are treated by the UK legal system. I have been a part of the #bringlouishome a campaign to reunite a mother with her son, who was removed from her custody by a sharia court ruling that deemed the mother too western. I am passionate about ensuring the everyone, especially the most vulnerable members of our society, have access to justice, which at times seems only available for those with money, status and power.
Aisha receives a Scholarship for Anti-Racist/Anti-Xenophobic campaigners funded by the Asfari Foundation
I'm a 22 year old student organiser, activist and artist from London going into my final year of BA Film and American Studies at University of East Anglia. I'm passionate about empowerment for people of colour and LGBT+ people, and for the past few years have focused on raising awareness for issues at the intersections of race, sexuality, religion and disability. I have experience with creating and facilitating inclusive and supportive spaces for BME and queer students, and I'm currently in the process of setting up a Norwich-based queer collective with a focus on community organising and campaigning through the arts and education.
Aliyah receives a Scholarship for Anti-Racist/Anti-Xenophobic campaigners funded by the Asfari Foundation
I am a disabled activist. I always try my very best to work towards creating an inclusive community. My dream is to have a society where all disabled people can have a barrier and discrimination free life.
Armineh receives a Scholarship for Campaigners of Colour funded by Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust. This scholarship is specifically for campaigners living outside of London
I have had a turbulent and trialling life to say the least, but it is because of this that I feel strongly about a number of different humanitarian causes, from Palestininan and Black rights to intersectional feminism. I have big visions, and spend a lot of time researching and planning in order to make them materialise. The battle is never over!
Ayo receives a Scholarship for Anti-Racist/Anti-Xenophobic campaigners funded by the Asfari Foundation
I'm currently studying Human Rights Law, learning about making change at an international level, whilst trying to make change in local campaigns. I have a passion for social justice, working on environmental and housing issues. When I'm not campaigning or studying, I love to get my nose stuck in a book.
Becky receives a Greenpeace Scholarship for Environmental campaigners
Hello! I've been a campaigner for better awareness of young people's mental health for the past four years with a variety of organisations, most notably YoungMinds. I'm now the East Midlands Regional Coordinator for Time To Change's work with Children & Young People to reduce mental health stigma. Alongside this I work in a care home for adults with mental health problems and I still fill my free time volunteering with a number of mental health charities & organisations.
Ben's spot is funded by his organisation Rethink Mental Illness
I am working on a survivor-led campaign that tackles rape culture, victim blaming and our sexist criminal justice system. As a survivor I am frustrated with the current systems in place to tackle rape and sexual violence, the lack of support services and the dangerous misrepresentations of rape an sexual violence.
Survivors are so often silenced but they should be listened to, believed and at the forefront of the discussion.
I also founded the project See It From Her last year. We support women to have a voice through photography and image. I also like collecting carnivorous plants, dancing and swimming whenever I can.
Bryony receives the GoFundMe fundraised Jo Cox Memorial Scholarship for women (transgender, intersex and cisgender) tackling inequality and injustice
I am involved in campaigning for human rights, focusing on privacy and free expression, with Open Rights Group. My main role is to support the ORG local groups by enabling them to actively participate in digital rights campaigning at a grassroots level. I am also interested in the link between activism and health.
Charlie's spot is partially funded by his organisation Open Rights Group
I am the International Head of Campaigns for Companion Animals at FOUR PAWS and am an experienced campaigns and mobilisation leader. I have worked with international NGOs around the world for over 15 years, including Amnesty international, Greenpeace and local NGOs in the Global South focusing on human and womens rights, LGBTI campaigns, animal welfare and the environment. I have lived in Latin America, Europe, Asia and Canada and am currently based in London.
Daniela's spot is funded by her organisation FOUR PAWS
I'm Grace and I campaign around young people's health, with a focus on mental health and youth rights. I have been a mental health activist for 8 years, and now help other young people develop their own campaigns. I am currently involved with a number of organisations, working mainly with Off The Record (Bristol), Time to Change, and Common Room. I love what I do, and truly believe in the power of people coming together to create positive change.
Grace's spot is funded by her organisation Rethink Mental Illness
The main element of my campaigning is at Youth For Change, where I am the Global Representative for the UK and liaise with our teams in Bangladesh and Tanzania on our efforts to combat gender-based violence, looking specifically at FGM and child marriage. I am the President of Warwick Anti-Racism Society and the Co-President of Warwick Anti-Sexism society so my campaigning also includes running events and conferences to help end racism and misogyny in all their forms, with an intersectional approach.
Larissa receives the Save The Children Jo Cox Memorial Scholarship for women (transgender, intersex or cisgender) campaigning on human rights' issues
Hi I'm Lauren and I've recently started working for Rethink Mental Illness as a campaigner through the Time to Change movement. Having gone through my own experiences with mental illness, I am very passionate about creating social change and banishing the stigma so often associated with mental health issues. I am an avid Manchester United fan, a massive foodie and enjoy travelling and experiencing new cultures!
Lauren's spot is funded by her organisation Rethink Mental Illness
I currently work at the Jo Cox Foundation where I have been helping to set it up and campaigning on a raft of issues including the Syrian conflict, women's participation in public life and tackling loneliness. My current focus at the Foundation is on The Great Get Together - a campaign to bring communities across the country together and celebrate all we hold in common. I do all this is because I'm passionate about working towards creating a fairer and more tolerant world.
Lily's spot is funded by her organisation the Jo Cox Foundation
I am passionate about reducing mental health stigma and believe the key to this is to get in touch with young people to get them involved. I study Psychotherapy, love catching up with friends, and my hobbies include blogging and going to gigs.
Louise's spot is funded by her organisation Rethink Mental Illness
I live in Leeds and work part time as the Coordinator for Leeds TIDAL, and the Diversity and Outreach Worker at Leeds for Change. I am kept busy coordinating a new coalition campaign called Healthy Air Leeds, supporting local anti-fracking groups resist Knosdrop, and helping to develop the new Global Justice Now Youth Network. Prior to this, I’ve spent two years campaigning against dodgy Trade Deals - TTIP and CETA. When I’m not campaigning I spend time drawing, bouldering, cycling and living at Cornerstone, a Radical Routes Housing Co-op.
Maia receives a Greenpeace Scholarship for Environmental campaigners
I am at the intersection of so many different identities, and yet, I'm often told which one to pick over others. I fight to ensure no one has to do this in the face of discrimination, and have consequently been shortlisted for Liberty's 2016 Christine Jackson award, been made one of BBC 100 women's youth champions, and have reformed the Civil Service graduate scheme's attitude to trans and non-binary gender. I'm an activist who has worked on gender identity issues in the media, including standing up to President Obama on the HB2 North Carolina Bathroom Bill, and have since spoken at institutions from Wembley Arena to major international news outlets to Stonewall. A mental health advocate, I also promote BAME and LGBTQ representation for Mind as an Equality Improvement Team Leader, and am contributing to an anthology called "Pride, Not Prejudice" to be released next year!
Maria receives a Scholarship for Anti-Racist/Anti-Xenophobic campaigners funded by Mailchimp
My name is Nic and I am the Grants Officer at Stonewall, who campaign for acceptance without exception for LGBT people at home and abroad. I am particularly interested in LGBT rights, social justice and equality issues.
Nic's spot is funded by her organisation Stonewall
Hi, I am food sovereignty activist, on daily basis working in "Dobrze" food cooperative - social entreprise that runs two community organic shops based in Warsaw. On top of that I work together with farmers to advocate for small-scale farming and sustainable agriculture. I am member of Nyeleni Poland - fair food network.
Nina receives the Here Now Scholarship for Polish activists in environmental activism
One of those people who got catapulted into activism by the changing tides in the world. I cut my (baby) teeth at Bridges Not Walls a short while back and am now looking for new tools to sharpen that bite. Issues that get me out of bed in the morning are women's rights, anti-racism and environmentalism.
Nona receives the GoFundMe fundraised Jo Cox Memorial Scholarship for women (transgender, intersex and cisgender) tackling inequality and injustice
I am in my last year of my International Relations degree and I am writing my dissertation on sexual politics in South Africa in relation to the strict immigration laws in the UK. Campaigning against the marginalisation of queer POC is my main passion. I am very interested in music, particularly African disco and funk of the 70's and I am learning how to play blues guitar.
Nonhlanhla receives a Scholarship for Anti-Racist/Anti-Xenophobic campaigners funded by Mailchimp.
My biggest activism pursuit focuses on issues around class, particularly the representation of working class people in Politics. I currently lead two programmes focusing on the importance of working class activism and working class heritage within Manchester.
I'm a campaigner, activist, and intersectional feminist, based in London. I'm passionate about challenging gender based oppression and inequality, with a focus on austerity and domestic violence. I co-run Fourth Wave: London Feminist Activists, and organise festivals such as Feminist Solidarity Fest and Clear Lines in my spare time. I also manage operations for Positive Money, which campaigns for a fairer monetary system.
Sophie receives a Trust for London scholarship for campaigners tackling social inequality and/or poverty in the capital
My name is Yasmin Kayali Sabra, I come from Aleppo- Syria. I am a co- founder and chief PR officer for my organization Basmeh & Zeitooneh we work in relief and development for refugee communities in Lebanon and Turkey.
Yasmin receives the Asfari Foundation scholarship for activists from Syria, Lebanon and Palestine
I campaign for equality, freedom, justice & human rights through community & trade union activism and as a writer, poet, artist & curator. I am the Co-founder of BARAC UK & founded the Roots Culture Identity art collective. I am a committed trade union activist & am the Vice President of the PCS Union & elected to the TUC Race Relations Committee.
Zita receives a Scholarship for Anti-Racist/Anti-Xenophobic campaigners funded by Mailchimp