Founder and Editor: Elizabeth Arif-Fear
Elizabeth is a young British Muslim and award-winning writer and activist based in London.
Passionate about human rights, socio-political issues and intercultural relations from a young age, she went on to study languages/translation and human rights at postgraduate level, including some study within Islamic Studies (Feminism in the Muslim World). She converted to Islam whilst in her final year at university.
A dedicated writer and campaigner, Elizabeth is active with a range of national and international human rights, interfaith and women’s organisations/platforms as a writer, activist, community organiser and ambassador. Passionate about languages, Elizabeth also works as a volunteer translator/proofreader for a variety of non-profit causes. Her main interests include: women’s rights, refugee and migrant rights and issues surrounding immigration, multiculturalism, anti-extremism and community cohesion.
In 2019, Elizabeth won the St. Ethelburga’s award for Sacred Activist of the Year and also became a published poet. Her latest venture – her debut poetry collection “What If It Were You?” (2019) – focusses on a range of critical human rights issues, including FGM, child marriage, modern slavery and the rights of refugees.
Stephen Hoffman: Advocacy and Outreach Manager
Stephen is a young British Jew with a passion for writing, bringing people together and speaking out against intolerance.
From a young age, Stephen has been interested in the world and people around him. This led to his interest in seeing what he could do to help individuals and support the work they do.
As a student at Leeds University, Stephen was active in the Jewish society and since graduation, he has held a number of roles including working in UK Parliament for an MP and for a variety of campaigning groups.
Outside of work and volunteering, Stephen likes nothing more than watching Watford FC, listening to music and putting a smile on people’s faces.
Julian Bond: Writer
Julian Bond leads the Grants Team of the Methodist Church. He was previously director of the Christian Muslim Forum, a national interfaith organisation.
Julian has written a popular blog series called “How to Read the Quran” and is working on a modern retelling of the story of Jesus called “Jumbled up in Jerusalem”. He has a degree in Christian Theology.