Sarah Todd – Chair
Manira Ahmad – Vice Chair
Shaneela Afzal – Secretary
Nelum Zafar – Treasurer and Finance/Funding subcommittee Chair
Nelum joined AMINA at the beginning of this year. She is an ACCA qualified Accountant. She is a Corporate Accounting Manager in the hospitality sector. She has been involved in various charity work since her teenage years. She was employed by FRAE Fife as a project support worker, where she prepared, published and submitted a report to Fife Council on the needs of BME women while studying at Dundee University.
She has a diploma in Public Service interpreting. She worked as an interpreter with Fife Interpreting services, Global Languages and with Central Interpreting Unit for many years.
Nelum is also an ACCA panel member for West of Scotland where she helps support students, new members and take part in advocacy work.
Safeena is one of our Edinburgh based board members. She first became involved with Amina MWRC when she was at university in the capacity of doing sessional work in Edinburgh and Aberdeen. She remembers this time fondly as it gave her the opportunity to work with many different people and organisations.
She stopped working with us a few years ago and then returned as a board member in November 2016. She enjoys being a part of the organisation in this different role because she meets many very inspirational women, attends some interesting events led or backed by Amina MWRC and values the work that we do.
As a day job Safeena practices law and is an advocate in Scotland. She learned to cycle as an adult and bought herself a burkini so she can also learn to swim. She hopes to inspire and encourage other women to also be active.
For over 10 years, Angela has worked in the area of women’s rights, domestic abuse and honour-based violence in Scotland. Throughout this time she worked collaboratively with Amina MWRC to ensure that women she supported were receiving the right support and resources through Amina MWRC to help them fulfill their needs and to access their choices.
Angela brings to the Amina Board, knowledge in Honour-Based Violence and related issues, as well as strategic support in the East of Scotland, where her expertise lies, along with skills in supporting and motivating teams, using her background in counselling, psychotherapy and training.
Aziza Khand – HR Subcommittee Chair
Aziza Khand is a founding member of Amina starting with setting up a steering group and organising a conference to explore the needs of Muslim Women in 1995 to work towards the early stepstowards establishment of Amina from the year 2000.
She was the first Chair of Amina and has served the organisation as Chair, Secretary and Treasurer during her tenure. She is currently Vice Chair of the organisation.
Aziza has a business degree and post graduate qualifications in Information Management. She has over 20 years of third sector, charity and community engagement experience. She has worked within Local Government as well as developing training strategy and infrastructure within Muslim charities.
She has served on a number of Boards and Management Committees over the years covering youth work to wider BME work and is passionate about advancing the interests and cause of women and young people into the future.
Fariha Thomas was a founder member of Amina and the first employee, managing the organisation from 2002-2007. She later joined the Board and has served as Treasurer, Secretary and Vice Chair at various times. At present she is an ordinary Board member and sits on the Policy sub Committee.
Fariha Thomas holds qualifications at postgraduate level including in Urban Policy, Social Work/ Community Work, and Social Work Management, as well as certificates in Counselling Skills and Fundraising Management..
Fariha Thomas has worked in the fields of community development and equalities in Scotland, in both the statutory and voluntary sectors, for over 30 years. She has worked with a wide range of minority ethnic community groups, been involved in providing anti racism and cultural awareness training to a range of organisations, and undertaken research on minority ethnic issues.
Fariha has extensive experience in the voluntary sector having served on numerous Boards and managed several organisations. Fariha was a Glasgow City councillor from 2012-17 and is currently the Operational Manager at Youth Counselling Services Agency.
Jamilah Hassan Adewunmi
Jamilah Hassan Adewunmi is a Glasgow-based freelance-journalist and a writer with interest in women, children, community and social issues. Over the last 8 years, she has served on the board of AMINA-MWRC as a Secretary, Treasurer, and a Policy Sub Committee member.
She holds an MLit in Digital Journalism and Certificates in related fields. In the past, she has worked with BBC Scotland and currently works in a third sector organization.
She has volunteered with AMINA with a keen interest in addressing key issues like gender-based violence and needs of Muslim women across Scotland. She also has affiliations with other community-based organizations and social groups which today has helped her in understanding the need for equality, opportunities, social justice and processes in our community.