Founder and Director: 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, committee member, community organiser and ambassador including:
- Nisa-Nashim Jewish-Muslim women’s network
- Amnesty International
- Faith Matters/Tell MAMA
- Muslims Against Anti-Semitism (MAAS)
- She Speaks We Hear
- Croydon Community Against Trafficking (CCAT)
- UK Friends of the Bereaved Families Forum
Elizabeth has written for a range of organisations/publications including: Globe Post, Haaretz and Jewish News. Passionate about languages, Elizabeth also works as a volunteer translator/proofreader for a variety of non-profit causes including Global Voices.
Her main interests include: women’s rights, refugee and migrant rights and issues surrounding immigration, multiculturalism, anti-extremism and community cohesion – in particular, Jewish-Muslim relations. As a Muslim activist, Elizabeth remains committed to fighting antisemitism and providing a platform for more nuanced views of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Elizabeth is Co-Chair of the Marylebone Nisa-Nashim group based at West London Synagogue, where she is also an active volunteer.
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 and was submitted for the 2019 People’s Book Prize (fiction).