JAN Trust Team
Sajda Mughal OBE
Sajda develops and delivers programmes locally, nationally and internationally, focusing on issues such as women’s’ rights, education, integration, citizenship and community cohesion. Sajda is currently leading an innovative, multi-award winning project- ‘Against Forced Marriages’, which she developed in response to the community-level need to prevent cases, support victims and raise awareness. It is being delivered across communities and at various schools and colleges in London and the UK, targeting thousands of women and girls. Sajda also published a report on forced marriages entitled “Consent Matters – Towards Effective Prevention of Forced Marriages within the Pakistani Community in the UK” which was launched by JAN Trust in the House of Lords in 2012. The report addresses the issue of forced marriage in the UK, with a particular focus on the issue within the Pakistani community. It challenges the criminalisation of forced marriages and suggests alternative strategies for eradicating the practice within communities in the UK. In 2013 Sajda also published a report on online radicalisation - “Internet Extremism: Working towards a Community Solution”, which highlights and explores the issue of online radicalisation in the UK and discusses community based solutions to tackle this issue.
Sajda has travelled widely across the world promoting human rights and community cohesion. She was also nominated for and part of the US government's Leadership programme in the States.
Sajda’s role and her extensive work at JAN Trust has been covered by various media outlets including: The Independent, Daily Telegraph, Al Jazeera, The Evening Standard, The Daily Mirror, The International Herald Tribune and The Spectator. She has also appeared on TV and radio shows including the BBC, Channel 4, ITV, LBC radio, Radio 4 and the BBC Asian Network commenting on her 7/7 experience as well as her work on female empowerment and counter terrorism. Most recently, the world famous Cosmopolitan magazine featured Sajda in their July 2015 edition along with a 4 page feature in Red Magazine October 2015 issue. She talks about her tragic 7/7 experience, how it changed her life and her work now. Her work has also been noted and commended by various key dignitaries including the Rt Hon David Cameron MP Prime Minister.
She advises a number of local authorities and governmental consultative groups as well as national bodies on various issues such as Islamophobia, Forced Marriages, Honour Based Violence, Female Genital Mutilation, BAME unemployment and integration.
Sajda Mughal has been honoured with a number of accolades. In 2012, she was awarded the highly respected International World of Difference Award (alongside Cherie Blair QC) recognising individuals whose efforts have advanced the empowerment of women. Sajda won the prestigious GG2 Leadership Award 2012 in the category of 'Spirit in the Community'. This was presented to her by Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice. She was also named 'Highly Commended Woman’ for The Women of the Future Awards 2012 for Public Service. The Daily Mirror’s Hope Not Hate awarded Sajda with a Community Champion Award in 2013. In the same year, she was a finalist for the British Muslim Awards in the category of 'Young Achiever' and she won ‘The Muslim News Awards for Excellence and Community Achievement’ which was presented to her by Sadiq Khan MP, Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice. In 2014 she was a finalist in the Asian Women of Achievement Awards in the category of Social and Humanitarian and most recently was a finalist for the Asian Achievers Awards in the category of Community Service. For two years consistently, in 2014 and 2015, Sajda has been named by the Evening Standard as London's Top 1000 Most Influential Londoners - Campaigners.
In 2015, Sajda was awarded with an OBE in the Queens New Years Honours List 2015 for her services and work towards community cohesion and interfaith dialogue. The Prince of Wales, His Royal Highness Prince Charles presented Sajda with her award at Buckingham Palace. She is the youngest Asian and Muslim female to receive this honour.
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Rafaat Mughal OBE
Rafaat moved onto working with MORI Poll as a researcher on issues affecting ethnic minority women such as Health and Racism. Rafaat has worked for various local authorities and has trained front line service providers on race, equality and diversity issues.
She was previously a Councillor and served two terms in Haringey. Rafaat was one of the first Muslim women to be elected in the borough as a Councillor and was the Chair of the Ethnic Minority Consultative Committee and an Assistant Whip. In addition, she also sat on various committees including Planning, Fostering & Adoption, Housing and Education.
JAN Trust and its work has been recognised by not only its users but by key dignitaries such as Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister , Lynne Featherstone, MP and Minister and Boris Johnson as the Mayor of London. The organisation has also won a range of awards including the Community Achievement Award 2011 from the Co-operative Group and the most recent award for the Highly Commended Community Project 2012 from The European Diversity Award and Bank of America. Rafaat was also awarded The New Year’s Day Award for Recognition of Outstanding Achievement 2006 and her efforts were also recognised when she was invited to 10 Downing Street in 2009 and commended by the former Prime Minister, Mr Gordon Brown. Rafaat was awarded the Ambassador of Peace Award in 2009.
Rafaat was awarded with an OBE in the New Years Honours List 2014. On 4th March 2014 she was presented with her award at Buckingham Palace from the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William.
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Sophie has experience in working with marginalised women and young people. She has previously been a teacher and has spent the last few years working with NGO's where she has managed projects. Her passsion is developing the talents of young people as well as supporting vulnerable women.
Sarah joined JAN Trust after spending over 10 years as a project manager in the Civil Service. Her varied career has included working for a charity helping unemployed graduates, managing a charity summer play scheme, volunteer teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and delivering job search programmes for the long term unemployed. Sarah most recently co-ordinated a 'women into business' training programme for a London based social enterprise agency. She now supports JAN Trust with their vital work needed by the local community.
Barbara comes from a financial background, having started work in a clearing bank, before moving on to a role at an international bank. Barbara recently retired from a retail bank, where she was the District Manager, having responsibility for a number of branches.
JAN Trust also has a range of teachers and volunteers to assist us with our services and activities.