Making Herstory works to end the abuse, enslavement and trafficking of women and girls both in the UK and,
wheresoever the opportunity arises, beyond.
We aspire to mobilise men, women and children of all backgrounds to take action against gender-based abuses and crimes, whilst also working to bridge identified gaps between existing services and our wider communities.
We achieve our aims by:
1. Campaigning, lobbying and highlighting issues of gender-based discrimination, abuse and violence, both independently and in partnership with like-minded organisations;
2. Providing financial support and resources to women’s shelters, projects and services; and
3. Providing 1-to-1 intermediary / referral support and aid to women and girls in need.
Making Herstory is a 100% donation-investment organisation, which means all goods and monies given in donation goes straight towards the programme or project for which it was raised. We currently deliver all works on a voluntary basis with the support of our Trustees, Advisers and a growing network of supporters.
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.
Founder and CEO
Onjali Q. Raúf
Onjali launched Making Herstory following the murder of a beloved aunt in 2011. She was shortlisted for the Care2 Impact Award and Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize in 2014, and The Independent’s Happy List in 2017 for her works in the women’s rights field. An alumni of the Cambridge Coexist Leadership Programme, she specialised in Women’s Studies at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and Oxford University respectively. She is also a contributor to BBC Radio 2’s Pause for Thought. You can read more about Onjali’s reasons for establishing Making Herstory in The Guardian, ChangeMakers Magazine and at Acting On A Dream.
Our Board of Trustees
The 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 wellbeing 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.
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 Guardian, is 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.
Satdeep Grewal, Adviser
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.
Wasif Mahmood, Legal 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!
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 email@example.com with your CV.