Join us on  Tuesday 14th July for the latest talk in our ‘Family Forum’ seminar series discussing domestic abuse in faith communities with Natasha Isaac, Anogika Souresh and special guests Nazir Afzal OBE, Naomi Dickson, Dr. Lesley Orr, Kay Stevenson, Tehmina Kazi.

They will look at sexism in religion, men as allies, the impact of Covid-19 and much more before closing by looking towards the future and inviting attendees to share their experiences, thoughts and questions. We welcome any questions or thoughts  in advance, please get in touch with any comments or for an invite to



5pm, Tuesday 14th July 2020


Natasha Isaac

Anogika Souresh

Guest speakers:

Nazir Afzal OBE

Nazir Afzal OBE, was Chief Crown Prosecutor for NW England and formerly Director in London. Most recently, he was Chief Executive of the country’s Police & Crime Commissioners. During a 24 year career, has prosecuted some of the most high profile cases in the country and advised on many other and led nationally on several legal topics including Violence against Women & Girls, child sexual abuse, and honour based violence. He had responsibility for more than 100,000 other prosecutions each year. His prosecutions of the so called Rochdale grooming gang, BBC presenter Stuart Hall and hundreds of others were groundbreaking and drove the work that has changed the landscape of child protection. He is the Chair of Hopwood Hall. He was appointed to the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). He is also National Adviser on Gender Based Violence to the Welsh Government. His memoirs “The Prosecutor” were published.

Naomi Dickson, Jewish Women’s Aid

Naomi Dickson became Chief Executive of Jewish Women’s Aid in 2014. She has been involved in JWA for 18 years, initially as a volunteer. In her previous role as Communications & Training Coordinator, she created JWA’s training programme to raise awareness in the Jewish community, and empower communal professionals to better identify and support women and children in their organisations who are affected by domestic abuse. Naomi is a trustee of Women’s Aid Federation of England, a founder of the Faiths Against Domestic Abuse Coalition, and a Fellow of the Cambridge Senior Faith Leadership Programme.

Dr. Lesley Orr,  Research Fellow at the Centre for Theology and Public Issues, University of Edinburgh

Lesley is an Honorary Fellow at the Centre for Theology and Public Issues (CTPI) New College, University of Edinburgh, and has previously held appointments at the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow. She is a historian of gender, feminism, religion and social movements in 20th century Scotland. Lesley has a longstanding commitment to challenging gender injustice, abuse and violence against women – in Scotland and internationally. She has extensive research, training and consultancy experience, working with the Scottish Government and the women’s sector including Zero Tolerance, Rape Crisis and Scottish Women’s Aid, and teaches on an innovative ‘gender justice and violence’ course at Queen Margaret University. Lesley has had longstanding involvement in the ecumenical movement, particularly in relation to challenging gender inequality, violence and abuse in faith communities and wider society, and has written on these issues for a range of publications. She coordinated an action-research project for CTPI: Out of the Shadows: Christianity and Violence Against Women in Scotland (1995-97).  She has been chair of the Zero Tolerance Trust, edited ‘Living Theology to Counter Violence Against Women’ – a major report for the Church of Scotland (2014), and  was consultant to the World Council of Churches Decade to Overcome Violence 2001-2010.

Kay Stevenson, Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh / Policy Advisor to Advance HE

Kay Steven is a researcher, trainer, and policy professional who has worked in the field of domestic abuse and violence against women for eight years. She has experience of developing several participation projects with children and young people experiencing domestic abuse which have directly influenced Scottish legislation and policy. She currently balances two part time roles as a Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh on a project focusing on families experiencing domestic abuse, and a Policy Adviser working on equality and diversity in further and higher education. She has recently completed a Gender Studies MSc where her dissertation research focused on Christian women’s experiences of domestic abuse.

Tehmina Kazi, Development Officer for Why me?

Tehmina is responsible for the development of Restorative Justice with communities affected by hate crime in Greater London. She was previously a policy and advocacy officer for CESCA, an alliance of 18 equality and human rights groups in Cork, Ireland, which involved equalities policy work and hate crime casework, as well as managing intercultural projects. Prior to that she was the director of British Muslims for Secular Democracy, a registered charity set up to challenge both anti-Muslim sentiment and extremism.  She has also completed project work for English PEN, the Equality and Human Rights Commission and the People’s Vote campaign (on the impact of Brexit upon BAME communities, specifically with regards to hate crime).  She is a freelance trainer for the OSCE on Freedom of Religion or Belief, and sits on the OFSTED Advisory Board on Counter-Extremism.  She has written for a wide variety of publications, including the Guardian, OpenDemocracy and Sedaa.