Huda has worked for over 21 years in the Third Sector. She has held various positions in local government, national and international NGOs and charities tackling a wide range of issues relating to social exclusion, justice, equality and conflict resolution. For more detailed description of her appointments please visit her Linked In page. Huda currently works as a Domestic Violence Housing Coordinator at Standing Together Against Domestic Violence.
Examples of some of Huda’s Work and Commissions
Working with Solace Women’s Aid to deliver the ‘Confidence Building Course’ to their service users who have experienced domestic and sexual violence.
Chairing fringe event with Human Rights Watch, The Anglican Church and Al-Khoei Foundation entitled ‘The Combined Role of MDG and Faith in Protecting Women in Armed Conflict ” at the United Nation’s (New York) 59th Session of the Convention on the Status of Women.
Composing Al-Khoei Foundation’s submission to House of Commons Public Bill Committee on the Modern Slavery Bill
Composing Al-Khoei Foundation’s written submissions (a Call for the Protection of the Women and the Girl Child in Syria and Iraq and The Need to Protect Children in the Unfolding Conflicts in Iraq and Syria in the 27th Session of the United Nation’s Human Rights Council Meeting (Geneva)
Contributing to the Mosques and Imam’s National Advisory Board guidance on Marriage, with specific reference to forced marriage and domestic abuse.
Working as part of an evaluation team looking at the effectiveness of a culturally and language specific service in London in dealing with survivors and perpetrators of domestic abuse.
Bespoke training for Imams and Faith Leaders on domestic abuse
Giving evidence to the Preventing Violent Extremism- Communities and Local Government Committee.
Editing Forward Thinking’s peer-led review on British Muslim Youth
Advisor to the Centre for Academic Shia Studies.
Capacity building and mentoring a number of youth organisations and community start ups working with diverse grassroots communities across England.
Bespoke training for Home Office staff working on Muslim community engagement.
Solace Women’s Aid (2010-2014)
Huda coordinated Solace Women’s Aid & the Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit’s innovative and ground breaking 3 year longitudinal study; 'Counting the Costs of Freedom, into the well being and health of women, and their children, who leave domestic violence or an abusive relationship. A first of its kind in Europe, Huda identified and recruited 100 women and maintained a relationship with them, throughout the life time of the project.
She saw the project right through from inception to delivery, publication and dissemination/ lobbying on its recommendations to commissioners and policy makers as well as reporting to it’s funders regularly. She also wrote policy and research briefs regarding the research project to targeted audiences like National Women’s Aid magazine subscribers.
Huda loved creating the connections between survivors and professionals who work in the area of domestic abuse and gender equality. She facilitated a number of meetings between survivors and policy makers, practitioners, police and judiciary on issues relating to violence against women.
The Nyon Process, Manager
Forward Thinking (2009-2010)
The purpose of the Nyon Process is to foster greater understanding between individuals with substantial constituencies and access to political decision-makers in the US, Europe, and predominantly Muslim countries and, in the process, to bridge the gap that exists between religious and secular worldviews that sometimes lead to misguided or ill-informed policy-making.
Huda established a means for regular communication between the members of the Nyon Process group that draws on their unique group identity and the diverse and substantial constituencies they represent.
She facilitated cooperative engagement on specific projects such as the Gaza humanitarian project and ensuring a culturally-sensitive and respectful approach as a way of bridging the gap created by suspicion and misunderstanding.
She coordinated and supported policy engagements and campaigns with international activists and regional government in America, Europe and the Middle East. Huda also set up and formulated ad hoc teams to visit with policy makers and political leaders to help advocate on specific issues and policy matters.
UK Programme Director
Forward Thinking (2004-2009)
Here Huda set up and directed a number of projects and initiatives aimed at promoting greater understanding of Muslim communities within the UK. This involved strategic planning, setting of aims and objectives, working closely with the trustees and funders and identifying appropriate channels of access within government and British institutions.
During her time at Forward Thinking, Huda developed relationships with the diverse Muslim communities in the UK. This involved dealing with leaders, clerics, women and youth groups from across the country. She thrived on working with religious, ethnic, linguistic, cultural and regional diversity, gaining the trust of communities and sustaining long term relationships with isolated and ‘hard to reach’ groups.
Working in a conflict-resolution environment, where trust and transparency are of primary importance Huda mediated between community groups, local/central government bodies, the police, the media and other communities. She effectively lobbied on issues of direct relevance to communities and facilitated dialogue for and on behalf of communities, statutory bodies and government institutions.
Huda organised and spoke at high level conferences that hosted ministers of state from government department such as the Home Office, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Communities and Education Departments like ranging on issues such as young people, community experiences, policy and development in relations to BME communities, government and community interaction, migration, interfaith, the Middle East and British Muslim communities.
The Civility Programme, Foreign Policy Centre (2003/4)
Huda was responsible for running the Civility Programme for Middle East Reform at the Foreign Policy Centre, a left of centre think tank based in London. She oversaw the launch of the Programme where the then Foreign Secretary of State, Jack Straw MP gave the keynote address along with other government representative, civil society groups and ambassadors from the region. Huda raised over £87K during her 12 months in office and organised the annual civility conference held at Ditchley Park that brought together civil society actors from Iraq’s diverse communities to meet with foreign policy makers, politicians and journalists from Europe and America.