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Alison Gordon MA (Oxon) MA MBA OBE is an expert in public policy and international relations. Alison co-founded Sisters For Change with her sister, SFC Legal Director, in 2014. Alison served for 10 years in the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office (2002-2012), working in senior policy positions in the Middle East, South America and South Asia. She was awarded an OBE for her work in Iraq in 2006-07. After the FCO, Alison spent two years in Asia and the US, completing an MBA at the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology and Columbia University. She was awarded the HKUST Outstanding Leadership Award in 2013 after designing and launching a graduate course in Social Entrepreneurship & Venture Philanthropy at HKUST. Before her time in government, Alison worked in a range of operational roles in the media and technology sectors, including strategy at the Guardian and BBC, Operations Director at Syzygy Digital Media Agency, and Content Development Director at Liberty Media’s global broadband business. She also served as Chair of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Women, Peace & Security at the London School of Economics in 2015-2016.
Jane Gordon MA (Oxon) LLM (Distinction) is a human rights lawyer with over 20 years’ experience working in human rights legal practice and policy at domestic, regional and international levels. Jane co-founded Sisters For Change with her sister, SFC Executive Director, in 2014. Jane was Human Rights Advisor to the Northern Ireland Policing Board (2003-2008) where she co-devised the first ever framework for monitoring the human rights compliance of the police. In 2009-2010, she was appointed Human Rights Advisor to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary’s national policing protest review. Jane has litigated cases of serious human rights violations against Russia, Turkey, Georgia, Armenia and Ukraine before the European Court of Human Rights, and advised national human rights institutions, public authorities and oversight mechanisms in Jamaica, India, Malawi, Iraq, Ireland and across the UK. Between 2008-2017, Jane was a Senior Fellow at LSE’s Centre for the Study of Human Rights and LSE’s Centre for Women, Peace and Security where she delivered LSE’s practitioner short course on Women’s Human Rights. In 2013-2014, Jane served as gender advisor/SGBV investigator with the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria. Jane is additionally a member of the Foreign Secretary’s Human Rights Advisory Group.
Sarah has a BA in Ancient History from the University of Bristol (2011) and completed her MSc in Forensic Archaeological Science from University College London in 2013, graduating with Merit. Following her MSc, Sarah deployed her skills in the application of archaeological techniques and physical anthropological methods primarily to humanitarian investigations of genocides and crimes against humanity in Somaliland and Peru. She also worked on archaeological excavations of human remains in Turkey and Greece. Sarah moved into the charity sector in 2017 and worked with a sustainable development charity in Upper West Ghana for three years, focusing predominantly on vocational training programmes, dry season farming techniques and providing support to encourage girls to remain in education. Sarah has also held voluntary roles providing practical support to refugees and asylum seekers in the British Red Cross Destitution Centre, East London and in the Filippiada Refugee Camp in northern Greece.
Amy obtained First Class Honours in her BSc in Psychology (2016) and completed her Masters in Development Studies at SOAS University, London in 2018, graduating with Merit. Her dissertation focused on the link between transportation and social mobility in Colombia. Whilst at SOAS, she worked at music therapy charity, Nordoff Robbins, where she was responsible for Monitoring and Evaluation across England and Wales. Amy has previously worked for Amnesty International in a fundraising role and volunteered as a Mentor for the Baytree Centre, a social inclusion charity which provides support for women and girls in Brixton, South London. Before joining Sisters For Change, she spent a year teaching English and learning Spanish in Valencia, Spain. She is interested in human rights, women’s rights, access to water and the disproportionate impact of climate change on minorities.
Research and Communications Officer
Dara has a BA in Politics and International Relations (2016) and completed her MA in International Security at the University of Sussex in 2017. Her Masters research focused on the compatibility of LGBTQI+ rights with international human rights standards and the implementation of intersectional approaches in advocating for LGBTQI rights. Before joining Sisters For Change in 2019, Dara interned at the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo, where she focused on gender mainstreaming, gender-based violence campaigns and gender training, and at the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, where she supported all the Human Rights Committees. Bilingual in English and French, Dara also interned at the French Council of State (Conseil d’Etat) in Paris, working on their case law database, while completing her BA degree in the UK.
Programme and Policy Officer
Helina has a BA Hons in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Toronto, Canada (2012) and an MA in International Relations from The University of Bath, England (2014) where she was awarded a distinction for her thesis “The Structural Relation of Immigration Policy and National Identity.” Between 2015 – 2018, Helina worked in various health-sector roles in Canada and the UK with a focus on immigrant and refugee access to health services. While in London, she volunteered at the Hackney Migrant Centre, London as a Session Support Coordinator, providing support to local women and managing volunteer recruitment and activity delivery. Prior to these roles, in 2013 she worked as a Refugee Rights Activist and Coordinator in Israel for Amnesty International where her work centred on capacity-building courses for refugee women from Eritrea, covering topics such as human rights, sexual and reproductive health, maternal health and vocational training opportunities. Bilingual in English and Amharic, Helina is interested in human rights and identity issues relating to refugees and diaspora communities.