Huda Jawad was born in Baghdad and left Iraq at the age of two. She travelled the Middle East throughout her childhood eventually settling in the UK in 1988.
Growing up in a family context where political activism and faith were the staples of life she grew up with an acute understanding of the different ways and layers at which faith, politics and organized religion interact and influence each other, the individual and society.
Her family fled the Middle East and sought political asylum in the UK in 1988. It is here that growing up as a teenager she explored and searched different facets of her identity.
Living in seemingly polarized worlds that advocate different perspectives on the role of faith in society; rights of the individual; democracy; growing up as a British Muslim; experiences of racism; gender discrimination; the role of women in Western and Middle Eastern/Muslim society; international relations and their effect at a local level.
This tapestry provides a rich mix from which she continues to learn and synthesise to form a coherent sense of self that integrates (not separates) these different facets of her experience.
Huda has a combined Honours Degree in Sociology and Psychology from Roehampton University and a Masters in International Studies and Diplomacy from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. She also holds a PTTLS Level 4 Certificate and is a qualified National Women’s Aid trainer in Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence. For more information on her various appointments and roles please click here.
Huda lives in London with her husband and two boys. Connect to her social networks.