Our 14th Bootcamp – meet the cohort!

Our 14th Bootcamp wrapped up on 12th October - so we thought we'd do a blog to introduce some of the awesome campaigners and activists that joined us this month.

We loved meeting the various campaigners and activists that joined us this October – so we thought we would share that experience with you. Here’s just a little about just a handful of the 35 folks that joined us for our final camp of the year, in their own words.

To see a list of the full cohort, click here: View the whole cohort

Espoir

I am a leading member of Kiaros, African Rainbow and Emmaus, all groups that speak out for the under-privileged. I campaign for the rights of asylum seekers, refugees and in particular LGBTIQ asylum seekers – who are the most vulnerable and highly discriminated in our society – and fight the hostile environment we find ourselves in.

Anu

Since moving from India to the UK in 2010, I have worked and volunteered in various third sector roles. Aside from work, volunteering, and a toddler keeping me busy, I campaign to raise awareness and challenge thinking on several issues that are deeply important to me; including sexual violence and domestic abuse against women – and women of colour in particular, mental health, and, perhaps the issue of most significance personally – anti-racism.

Mohaned

I am a human rights lawyer who has always focussed on vulnerable groups. I am an asylum seeker in the UK, and having experienced the asylum system for the past few months – can say that asylum seekers are one of the most vulnerable groups in the UK. Now I want to speak out of behalf of many asylum seekers and migrants and work defend their rights and dignity.

Clarissa

I am a Zimbabwean youth advocate passionate about young women’s sexual and reproductive health rights and not leaving anyone behind in the fight against HIV.

Harry (left)

Since 2015 I have been involved in queer direct-action group Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants. We focus our actions and campaigning on European immigration policy, the UK asylum process, immigration detention centres and deportations. I am also a crew member of The Outside Project which is the UK’s first LGBTIQ+ crisis shelter & community centre.

Vee (right)

I’m a lesbian woman and LGBTIQ+ campaigner from Nigeria who is seeking safety in the UK based on her sexual orientation, and a single mother of three.the I recently won ‘Woman of the Year Award’ 2018 at the Migrants Organise and UNHCR Women on the Move Awards. I co-founded Sisters United Halifax; a self led group and am the secretary of African Rainbow Family, a charitable organisation that supports the LGBTIQ community in Manchester.

Yemi

I am a Pastor and CEO of a charity. I am a national campaigner on female genital mutilation (FGM) and very keen about gender violence. I currently coordinate Bradford community multi-agency that brings together public, community and voluntary sectors and professionals.

Allison

Most days I am busy working with foster carers for parent and baby placements, supporting them to look after and make strong attachments with their babies. I feel passionate about the lack of empathy for the families of prisoners and the way our prison system treats families and friends of prisoners. Our prison system wants to break the bonds of families, even though we know that with family support people are less likely to offend. I want to work to change that – as well as to change how prisoners are treated.

 

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