REFUGEES AID CONVOY 4: 12th December 2015, Calais & Dunkirk, France
SECRET LITERARY SOCIETY: 11th November 2015, The Lucky Pig, London
From the War Office: A Quiz for Codebreakers only
Bletchley Park Annual Season Pass awaits for one lucky winner!
At the entrance of “Hut 6”
Rations of chocolate…
Deb Alice arrives…
Some of the debs take their seats in Bunker 1…
Trustees Alex (left) and Satdeep (right) with CEO Onjali (centre)
Chin up! Codebreaker Yasir with Trustees Remona and Satdeep
Secret Agent Michael Smith gives us a reading…
A blackout commences!
Time to separate the Codebreakers from the wannabe-codebreakers
Michael also gets stuck in…
Prizes for the brainiest bunch…
Winners Marie (left), Nathasha (centre) and Xanthe (right)
The Debs corner
Comparing typewriters – as you do…
The Making Herstory team with author Michael Smith (centre)
REFUGEES AID CONVOY 3: 30th October 2015, Calais, France
REFUGEES AID CONVOY 2: 27th September 2015, Calais, France
Fresh fruits and bread…
Shoes and more shoes!
Vests and underwear…
Off into the sunrise!
Our smaller convoy is ready…
A box of Ahmad Teas await!
Packed like a sardine…
Dahlia is NOT impressed with the French toll booths
Views of the refugee camp…
FOUND! One of our “lost” refugees…
REFUGEES AID CONVOY 1: DAY 2 – 20th September 2015, Calais, France
Early morning start
Dahlia sorts out signs to make distribution easier
Van loaded and ready
Stop 1 – back to the Syrian refugee camp
Refugees queue to take a pair of shoes
Dahlia’s impeccable list-making
Stop 2 – “The Jungle”
Men carrying firewood
Claudine from Salam greets us
Human chain formed
Aid packages dropped off
Aid to go out to over 3,500 refugees
Final team selfie
Meeting with children in the La Vie Active camp
Toys and children’s foods distributed – but through the gates 😦
Selfie with Najjma of La Vie Active
Taiba gets some shut eye in the Eurotunnel
Until next time…
REFUGEES AID CONVOY 1: DAY 1 – 19th September 2015, Calais, France
Loading up thousands of pounds worth of food and aid supplies.
Solar showers – which proved very popular
Something to light the way…literally!
Team is ready to go!
One of our cars
MH Volunteers pack
Atif, Homaira and Dahlia – ready to hit the road!
Passing border control
Onjali waves goodbye to the UK
Herstory Maker Atif Butt is ready!
First stop: Syrian refugee camps on streets of Calais
Gut-wrenching to see doctors, professors and students being forced to live like this…
Second stop – peaceful demonstration
Refugees add their messages of hope
Leesa adds her own message
Anger at being trapped
Refugees jokingly try to throw a friend over the gates
Back to distributing aid from our van
Woolly hats gratefully receieved
Eveing – lists of goods needed
1 hour manic shopping spree
Dahlia ends the night by hitting a bottle (of water)!
MAD HATTRESS’ MAD PICNIC, 15th August 2015, Waterlow Park, London
Mad Hattress Remona gets to work on our Wonder-full tree.
Have a ponder and a mental meander…
Cheshire cats grinning all over the place!
Courts are a-ready…
Our flamingo is a go-go!
Heads a-ready to be -aknocked!
Quotes corner is set up…
Strange random shot of a Mad Hattress
Soldiers at the gates.
Mad Hattress Satdeep busy propping…
Get the picture?
She looks quite ordinary…
But Alice is Alice is Alice…
A welcoming message for all our registered guests.
Two Quite Maddeningly Mad Ladies drop in!
Followed by a third…
Our new Trustee Wasif joins the madness!
Alice is Alice is Alice hard at winning the war.
Teacup cake-cup anyone?
Can anyone tell me the time please?
I can! But I’m not going to!
The Red Queen is on the scene!
Two Maddun’s disguised as ordinary folk…
The Red Queen is displeased! “Off with their heads!”
Rambo plays croquet…apparently.
Winners of the Red Queen’s Croquet!
Soldiers still at war!
The Alice Quiz is led by the White / Pink Rabbit!
Thinking is hard work…
No cheetahing gentlemen!
“Hey! No cheetahs allowed!”
The winner of our Alice quiz!
Is this all a dream?
The White Rabbit Scavenger Hunt is off!
Clue number 3 awaits…
Scavengers become more scavenger-y
Clue number 6!
Alice is Alice is Alice wins!
A stopwatch for Alice is Alice is Alice…
A right pair of dodos (winners of the Dodo-three-legged race)
Book ribbons galore…
Queen of All Hearts knows how to catch a ride 🙂
Mr. What’s The Time please has nabbed himself a hat!
Peek. A. Boo!
The teapot relay race is off!
My…these teapotters are fast!
Mad Hattress Onjali is not sure about who won!
But prizes given out nevertheless!
Alice is Alice is Alice decides to become a flamingo.
The White Rabbit is near…
Tweedle-dum and Tweedle-dee are on the scene!
“I like this necklace!”
“I. Want. Tea.”
Alice is Alice is Alice with a Herstory Maker in the making.
The Cheshire Cat has landed!
Our CEO and two Trustees smell an End!
But no fear! Begin at the beginning and you shall reach the end!
Sweet treats for all!
Goodbye Wonderland…until nest year!
RISING SILENCE QUIZ NIGHT, April 2015, London
Memsaheb by the Thames – perfect spot.
Leesa Gazi welcoming our competitors in.
Leesa and Caitlin from Komola Collective beside our Mystery Gift Tree
Sohini (singer extraordinaire) and Leesa
Onjali and Leesa
Sohini sings in the Bangladesh New Year
Food, glorious food!
Bashkar gives us a thumbs up!
Our own Dena Kirpalani with Amel (two amazing supporters)
Lawyers are in the house! Piya and Gemma of Team Woohoo
The mischeivous Salil with an accomplice!
The wonderful John Farndon and Lady Runi
Caitlin and Pramelaa gear up for th quiz
Let the guessing begin!
And the winners are…
MY-SO-CALLED SECRET IDENTITY BOOK & BRUNCH CLUB, April 2015, London
Our B&BC Leader, Alice French
Dr. Will Brooker, author, explains his inspirations for Cat…
Dr. Brooker autographs a few precious hard-copies for us
Cheers to possibly the best B&B club session to date!
Our CEO Onjali Rauf with Dr. Brooker
Stianine does a little comparison of her own re the female image
Especial thanks to Alice and Dr. Brooker
RISING SILENCE FILM PRODUCTION, December 2014, Bangladesh
Leesa and the crew bid us farewell from the airport
Safe landings accomplished!
Day 1 – straight into pre-production
Sound and filming tests are readied
The stage is set!
16th December – the first performance!
17th December – second performance completed!
QUIZ NIGHT, 27 November 2014, Masala Zone Covent Garden, London
The table is set…
The mask on the wall is watching everything…
A wonderful Herstory Maker decorates the Mystery Money Tree!
The Mystery Money tree is ready!
Ooooh! So many goodies (minus the shoes!).
Satdeep our Treasurer readies our Destiny video
The Destiny Reflections goody table
Drinks tab Sir or m’Lady?
Onjali, our CEO is ready for our guests!
Onjali with our beloved Trustee, Remona Aly
Our quiz-master Ishmail Chicktay and Chair, Saba Zaman
Our CEO Onjali with Leesa Gazi, writer and director of Birangona
Congratulations team Sufi Mystics!
A special thank you prize for our first subscriber of the night, Alan Matraves
HARRY POTTER FUNDRAISER DINNER, 31 October 2014, Mem & Laz, London
The Room of Requirement is ready!
Dumbledore heads the table!
Nimbus 2000 is on standby for a quick getaway!
All our favourite characters are on site!
A suitcase full of goodies await!
The sorting hat in action!
Dumbledore may have met his match!
The TriWizard scavenger hunt begins!
Happy Hogwartians is what we like to see!
Clue no.1 was under Hedwig’s wing!
Clue number 6 was in the grips of the nasty little Horntail!
The champion is knighted after finding the golden egg!
Hmmm…Hogwarts student or death-eater in disguise?
Time for some HP Bingo!
Time to catch the Hogwarts Express!
FEMINISM IN LONDON CONFERENCE – EMMA HUMPHREYS AWARD, 25 October 2014, London
Open and ready for business!
The brilliant Gail Dines on how porn has entered the mainstream ‘market’.
Emma Humphreys Award nominees
The nominees are called to the stage
Our Founder Onjali Rauf and commentator Kate Sumthwaite are up!
Davina James-Hanman, winner of the Special Award for 30 years of working against gender-based violence.
The amazing Sana who spoke out about her experiences of abuse and disbelief at Yarlswood
Fiona Broadfoot & Rachel Moran of @SpaceIntl with Davina
Nominee Onjali Rauf with winner, Sana
Dr. Finn Mackay closes the day with a call to action!
MAD HATTRESS’ PICNIC, 30 September 2014, Kenwood House, London
Time to follow us down the Rabbit Hole!
Croquet mallets are ready!
Alice Quotes corner awaits…
Drink Me Me Me!!!
Time for Tea!
Someone’s eager for a game a of croquet!
Our Not-So-Red Red Queen rings the bell!
Two contenders arise!
Er…one contender takes the phrase “knocking out your opponent” a little literally!
The White Rabbit Treasure Hunt commences!
A guest has the fourth clue!
The chase is on!
In it together…the cleverly hidden sixth clue is found!
The Hunt takes our guests into Kenwood House!
And the winner is Meena!
Treasure Hunt hunting is thirsty work for hats!
Congratulations to Jules!
Time for a spot of Hat-Tossing!
And yet so far…
Teapot Relay Race!
ALL our guests cheated wethinks!
The Queens of Teapot Relay Racing!
Time to say bye to our dormouse and Cheshire Cat!
And it’s goodbye for now from the Slightly Mad MH Team!
LITTLE STITCHES, 26 August 2014, Theatre 503, London
The wonderful 4-person cast who took us through a journey spanning from the UK to Africa.
Leyla Hussein and Derek Dexter take questions
A very emotional Q&A included Leyla speaking about what her mother went through…
BASTARDS Documentary, 27 July 2014, ICA, London
Ready for the screening…
Deborah Perkin introduces the film.
Q&A with Deborah and Assistant Producer Nora Fakim
END SEXUAL VIOLENCE IN CONFLICT GLOBAL SUMMIT (Day 3), 11 June 2014, Excel, London
Angelina spearheads day 3 by highlighting the need to end a culture of impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence.
Our Kahani APP designed to help people understand rape in war, is ready to be presented.
END SEXUAL VIOLENCE IN CONFLICT GLOBAL SUMMIT (Day 2), 10 June 2014, Excel, London
Angelina and William arrive for a 12-hour day.
Then it’s off!
No time for speeches today
Discussion on the role of faith leaders…
The amazing Leesa Gazi, actress and co-writer of “Birangona”
Our CEO and Leesa met to discuss the plight of survivors of the Bangladesh Civil War rape camps.
Trustee Rabia Barkatulla and our founder Onjali Rauf
Angelina’s debut directorial film ready to go…
Vanessa Glodjo, actress, speaks about the importance of film in highlighting the world’s wrongs.
Angelina: “We must remember that these crimes against humanity go on: from Syria to the Congo women are targeted and violated.”
END SEXUAL VIOLENCE IN CONFLICT GLOBAL SUMMIT (Day 1), 9 June 2014, Excel, London
The Excel is ready…
…As are the journalists
Sky TV begins reporting
Our Founder takes a selfie!
Special Envoy to the UNHCR Angelina Jolie and Foreign Secretary William Hague enter the building!
“We have moved a long way in the last two years in getting the world to talk about what was a taboo subject, and now we have to follow it with action.” William Hague
“This looks like the cool place to be!” Angelina drops in to pay our Hackathon teams a visit.
The team’s work begins…
Our CEO’s suggestion for an APP makes it onto the voting board.
Whilst elsewhere, Angelina is joined by Stella McCartney.
By the afternoon, the summit is front-page news.
#TIMETOACT MESSAGES, 9 June
#BRINGBACKOURGIRLS SOLIDARITY RALLY, 9 May 2014, Nigerian Embassy, London
NEW VENUS ART SHOW, 3 May 2014 Brixton East Gallery, London
All packed and ready to roar!
Our little stall…
Captivating book anyone?
Our Treasurer and artist extraordinaire is poised for some on-the-spot portraits!
Satdeep practices her art (literally) by drawing our CEO, Onjali!
Done in 5 minutes, captured for a lifetime!
Each portrait was sealed with the MH seal of approval.
The show is well under way!
Pussy Riot supporters speak out.
BOOK & BRUNCH CLUB, 27 April 2014, The Modern Pantry, London
We’re ready to roll!
We kickstarted the session by watching this hilarious Greek advert about how men would act if they had periods.
Before moving onto the ‘Menses’ Quiz!
RANA PLAZA PROTEST, 18 April 2014, Bond Street
John Hilary, President of War on Want, tells the growing crowds why Gap et al need to pay!
Katherine Hamnett, CBE, English fashion designer and ethical businesswoman makes a stand.
Katherine Hamnett with one of her signature political t-shirts (“Pay Living Wages NOW!”)
Jean Lambert, MEP (Green Party) who will be leading a delegation to Bangladesh to demand action (if she wins 2014 elections…)
Photo by IDJ Photography
Amirul Haque Amin from the Bangladesh National Garment workers federation: “CSR policies are all voluntary – they are not a reality on the ground!”
Photo by IDJ Photography
Darren the photographer, IDJ Photography
DROP-OFF OF BEDSHEETS TO ST. MUNGO’S HOMELESS WOMEN’S SHELTER, 17 April 2014
They came by post…
They came by car…
And were dropped off to the shelter. THANK YOU EVERYONE!
DEBATE ON FGM IN THE UK, 1 April 2014, Garden Court Chambers, London
“Criminal prosecutions of #FGM cases will NOT provide redress to children in danger – it is a punitive RE-action after the event: we need to be in a position to STOP the event!” Malek Wan Daud, Child Prosecutioner, Garden Court Chambers
“Doctors in our system have been complicit in a 30-year silence on the realities of #FGM.” Jennette Arnold OBE
“Both the white woman being told to get ‘Designer Vaginas’ AND the black girl being told she has to undergo FGM are being pressured into a practice constructed by and for men.” Leyla Hussein
“Most students and teachers in my sixth form (in Waltham Forest) don’t even know what it is.” Stephanie Akomeah (18)
BOOK & BRUNCH CLUB, 1 March 2014, Charles Dickens Museum, London
What the Dickens? It’s quiz time!
And Dena walks away with the prize! Congratulations Dena!
ONE BILLION RISING, Friday 14 February 2014, London
Pineapple Studios – to get those dance moves spot on!
Our lead drummer tells us why he’s supporting OBR!
Trained dancers show us how it’s done…
Final few words of advice from our instructor…
Everyone say “One Billion Rising!”
It’ll take more than rain and grey skies to stop us!
Bianca Jagger kickstarts the event by telling us of the tragic need for this day…
Harriet Harman, “We need national standards where women’s rights are at the forefront of every agenda!”
Sue Lloyd Roberts of the BBC: “We are the majority of the world’s population but are still being treated like the minority!”
Skin and The Black Voices get our toes tapping!
DEEN INSTITUTE Religion & Misogyny Conference, Sunday 26 January 2014, London
Our humble stall…
Panel of renowned scholars and speakers speak out against misogyny in Islam
Prof. Tariq Ramadan highlights importance of questioning religious leaders
Lots of signatures for the NMP3 campaign (thank you everyone!)
FEEL YOU AGAIN KITS Delivery to x3 women’s shelters, 19-24 December 2013, London
Thanks to Sarah Brown and A World At School, we had our gym bags and Tote bags!
A message of support…
All packed up and ready to go!
Thanks to your donations for this campaign & our book club…
…over £200 was donated to Eaves’ Poppy Project.
Ready to be delivered by hand!
The lovely Eaves Team receive the goodie bags…
STOP THE TRAFFIK Activists Meeting, 9 November 2013, The Hub, London
It’s a full house as the activists meeting gets under way!
Francesco Tramontin, Director of Mondelez International (arm of KRAFT)
DS Phil Rashidi from the MET Police Human Trafficking Unit – showing the face of a convicted trafficker
The brilliant Steve Chalke, Founder of STOP THE TRAFFIK, speaking about trafficking in Thailand and the chocolate industry.
Protect Child’s Eyes Demo, 5 October 2013, Parliament Square & Downing Street, London
Child Eyes looks out at the crowds in Parliament Square
Kathy McGuiness tells Parliament why children need to be protected from sexually explicit / violent images and diction prevalent in toda’s media.
A ‘wallpaper’ showcasing sexually violent / explicit newspaper and magazine front pages.
The fantastic Child Eyes UK team just before they head into No.10 Downing Street
And in they go!
Petition containing thousands of signatures handed over (Image: Child Eyes)
Wally, Harry Potter and David Cameron back the campaign!
Wally let’s passers-by know the reason behind the demo.
Anti-Porn Demo, 23 September 2013, Radisson Blu Hotel, Bloomsbury, London
Pens at the ready!
Sealed and waiting to go!
Slogan for Radisson’s next advertising campaign?
Stopping passers by with some traffic-stopping tunes!
Lose the Lads’ Mags – National Day of Action, 24 August 2013, Liverpool St. Station, London
Pens & leaflets at the ready!
Time to get down to the banner-making!
All wrapped up…
…and ready to go!
Taking to the streets…