Who We Are


Making Herstory works to end the abuse, enslavement and trafficking of women and girls both in the UK and wheresoever the opportunity arises, beyond, by mobilising men, women and children of all backgrounds to take action against these crimes, whilst also working to bridge the gaps between existing services and our wider communities.

HOW: Our Actions

We seek to fulfil our mission by:

1. Campaigning, lobbying and highlighting issues of gender-based discriminations, abuse and violence both independently and in partnership with like-minded organisations;
2. Providing financial support and resources to women’s shelters; and
3. Providing 1-to-1 intermediary / referral support and aid to women and girls in need.

WHO: Our Make-Up

Formally established in August 2012, Making Herstory is a Not-For-Profit company Limited by Guarantee (no. 8166243). We are not government funded, non-partisan, and are inclusive of all faith backgrounds, beliefs, and political persuasions.

The Team

Founder and CEO

me1Onjali Q. Raúf

Onjali launched Making Herstory following the murder of a beloved aunt in 2011, and was shortlisted for the Care2Impact Award and Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize in 2014 for her works in the human rights fields. Following specialisms in Women’s Studies at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth (BA) and Oxford University (M.St) respectively, she worked as Assistant Editor for emel Magazine; was the Campaigns Manager for Women for Women International UK, and continues to work with charities across London on behalf of its most vulnerable communities.
You can read more about Onjali’s reasons for establishing Making Herstory in The Guardian and ChangeMakers Magazine.
If you would like Onjali to speak at an event, please CONTACT US HERE  citing “Speaking Engagement” in the subject heading.


Our Board of Trustees

Satdeep Grewal, Treasurer
 Satdeep Grewal, Treasurer (On leave)

Satdeep is an Impact Evaluation Analyst at Citizens Advice UK and a freelance artist and filmmaker. She first became interested in women’s rights when she specialised in Gender and Philosophy as part of her Masters in 2007.
See www.satdeepgrewal.com.



Micky photo for HSThe Revd Michaela Youngson, Trustee

The Revd Michaela Youngson is a Methodist Minister, Chair of the London District of the Methodist Church. She is passionate about the role of women in society and the well being of women and girls. She is an author and regular contributor to BBC Radio 2’s Pause for Thought. When she manages to find time between work and a busy family life, she works with glass, fusing it into jewellery and art.
See http://www.methodistlondon.org.uk/about.


Remona Aly
Remona Aly, Trustee

Remona is a freelance journalist, editor, and media professional as well as the Campaigns Director for the Exploring Islam Foundation. She writes for The Guardianis a guest presenter for the ‘Things Unseen’ podcast produced by CTVC and is also a regular contributor for ‘Pause for Thought’ on BBC Radio 2. She holds a BA in English Literature & Classical Studies and a MA in Medieval Studies from Royal Holloway, University of London.
See remonaaly.com.



Our Advisers

Wasif Mahmood, Adviser

Wasif is Legal Director at Shakespeare Martineau, London. Formerly the Head of Commercial Litigation at Malletts, his previous works include working with Amnesty International and delivering social cohesion programmes. He currently works to support 300 children through primary education in Pakistan.



We are currently looking for two new Trustees to join our Board!

So if you are passionate about women’s rights, want to help us grow and are able to attend at least three meetings a year in London, please email us at i.am@makingherstory.org.uk with your CV.