Who we are
Why we are involved in Baobab, what we bring to the project
Sarah Taal - Director & Advocate
BA in International Relations, MA in Migration and Social Policy. Former Therapeutic Service, Housing and Women's Refugee and Migrant Project Worker with CRMC, RSVP, BIRCH and Hope Projects. Trustee of the Coventry Migrant Women's Houses, Coventry Peace House NIght Shelter and Asylum Support Appeals Project. NHS Social Prescribing Link Worker.
I'm involved because people give me energy to challenge social injustices, and knowledge about the world. I bring experience, loyalty, hard work and persistence. I will live in the sun, near to the ocean and mountains.
Advocates, Trainees and Interpreters
Hanieh Navadeh Trainee Advocate & Interpreter
Interpreter in Farsi, Persian Farsi & IT Professional
I am involved because I have always loved to support and help others, I have worked as an interpreter, am a good listener and carer to others.
Hannan Abdullah Trainee Advocate & Interpreter
Qualifications: Community interpreting with RMC and Administration
I am involved because I want to make a difference to a community by providing services to those who need it most. I bring communication, flexibility, motivation, &enthusiasm. I have a good command of written, & spoken of the following languages, Tigre, Tigrinya, Arabic and English.
I speak Amharic, Oromo and Arabic, I am a dedicated interpreter, kind, and stopping people word for word, not summarising or advising. I also give good advice when needed and have lots of experience from other advice work to help advocates!
Muna Mohamed -Interpreter
I'm involved because i care about women and am an active member of the community people come to for advice. I bring connections and lived experience. I am fluent in the Amharic, Tigrenya and Arabic Language. I relocated to Cardiff, but still support the Project by telephone assistance when needed.
Rani Kaur Trainee Advocate & Interpreter
Qualifications: Accountant, Finance Coordinator
I am involved because I am passionate to help women who are destitute. In current society women are still forced to be vunerable. I help them to a make a stand with my qualities of listening & interpreting Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu and some Swahili.
Sakunthala Wimalathissa Trainee Advocate, Interpreter & Community Researcher
Human Rights Lawyer
I am involved because I want to practice and develop my legal skills. I bring kindness, warmth, knowledge, dedication and language and to the project.
Talhatou Diallo -Trainee Advocate, Interpreter & Book Keeper
Accountant, administrator CWMH facilatator.
I am involved because i care about others and creating a more equal world. I bring organisation, listening, form filling, french Language and logic to the project.
Tahira Jabeen Trainee Advocate & Interpreter
I am involved because I want to learn new skills, and remind myself of ones I have, I bring system experiences, dedication, warmth and Urdu language to the project.
Espoir Nije- Drop In Volunteer, Interpreter, Community researcher
Qualification LL.B in Common Law and MA. in Business Administration and volunteer support
I am involved because I dream to belong to a society free of injustice, sexual discrimination, inequality and torture. I bring empowerment,hard work,equality, love,stress free therapy and french language to the group.
Gulla Barin - Chef & Interpreter
I like to work with this humanitarian organization for women, because I am one of them, whether in my country of northern Iraq or the UK. When you give others, not just wish or think about it, but you do it, you'll feel like you're human. I find strength in participation and cooperation, because the expected result is not how much you did, but what are doing together.
Rakinder Reehal- Drop in Volunteer and Advocate Supporter
Rakinder is a PhD candidate at the University of Warwick’s Centre for the Study of Women and Gender. Her research focuses on the impact of the UK’s hostile environment on refugee and asylum seeking women. She is also a volunteer with the Baobab Women’s Project and End Deportations Birmingham.
Hilary, retired GP, Sarah, Retired Speech and Language Therapist, Gaja, Researcher, Anam, MA Student, French and Arabic Interpreter, Gaynor, Acupuncturist, Mus, Community Organiser and Marta, Filmmaker are Volunteers, Fundraisers & Advocate Supporters.
Steering Group and Directors
Our Advocates, interpreters and Volunteers are also welcomed as Steering Group Members
Agnes Tanoh- Steering Group Member, Chef Volunteer
Political assistant, campaigner, Women with Hope organiser, Coventry Migrant Womens House Worker
I am a active member of many groups, I bring people together, encourage, and support others. I speak the french Language and am very reliable.
Bridget Obi- Steering Group Member and Public Speaker
Journalist and community organiser, Health and Social Care BA Student
I am involved because I love to challenge inequality in the society. I bring knowledge, energy, creativity, and compassion to the project.
Gimbi Cham - Steering Group member, Supporter, former advocate
MSC in Accounting and Financial management, Employed at BMW
I have experience in working with women and children with Unicef, at at the Leicester Royal Infirmary Hospital dealing with vulnerable people. I am volunteering with RMC and City of Sanctuary. I have been an Advocate since I was 11 year old, I wanted all the girls in Gambia to be sent to school. With Baobab Womens project I strive to make sure that women are not left behind. I listen and help them them in the UK. I can speak a little French & German, as well as Mindinka, Fula(pullar) and Wollof.
Beth Ash - Director
Night Shelter Coordinator, Coventry Migrant Women's House Trustee, CARAG member, Coventry Peace House Coop Member.
I'm involved because I am excited by grass roots community projects, want to learn more about casework & nurture social change. I bring logic, calm, focus, peace and reflection to the team, along with an enthusiasm for checklists and spreadsheets.
Amrita Dhinsa - Director
CAAT Activist, qualified barrister, trainee solicitor
I'm involved because I believe in Baobab's work and vision. As a director I can input into strategy and draw on my experience in regulation, law and policy.
Malka Al-Haddad - Representative & Fundraiser
Women's Rights Activist, Academic, Leicester Civil Rights Movement Organiser, Registered with Irish International Foundation ' Front Line Defenders' for the protection of Human Rights and Leicester City of Sanctuary.
I am involved because i am interested in different cultures and the issues of international human rights and peaceful cooperation between different ethnic and religious groups. I bring active campaigning and networking experience. I am a strong advocate for human rights in the UK and Iraq.