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I Speak for Myself – Training Program


The first in the series of sessions for women who want to access support to make a change in the world. With the help of our guest facilitator, Fatima Joji, this session we’ll be working on identifying what motivates you and what additional experience you may need to make change happen.

You can also register in advance for our other sessions using the same link.

Fatima Joji bio: Fatima is currently a Constituency Caseworker for Richard Thomson MP at Scottish National Party (SNP) and is running as a regional MSP in the 2021 Scottish Parliament Elections. She is a volunteer director with 50:50 Parliament, working to get more women elected in parliaments across the UK and co-chair of the Aberdeen Independence Movement.  She holds a post-graduate diploma in International Development having graduated with honours in Journalism at Robert Gordon University and has previously worked for a leading national newspaper in Nigeria both writing and producing video footage.


The second session in our series is space for reflection and support to help you move forward in making change.

There will be no set structure for this session. Participants are encouraged to make use of this opportunity to network and to ask for support from Amina staff and fellow participants.

If you consider any new changemaking project as your baby, then you should know it takes a village!


The third session in the I Speak for Myself Changemakers program focuses on how you can create shared goals and stay true to yourself when working with others.

Our guest facilitator this week is Kimi Jolly from East South-East Asian Scotland (ESAS), an organisation working to support asylum seekers, refugees and victims of human trafficking among others from an incredibly diverse geographical region. They also provide culturally sensitive support to ESEA communities who have experienced hate crimes and racism. Her unique perspective on advocating on behalf of these specific racialised communities in Scotland brings significant information and experience to the table that we can all learn from.


The fourth and final session in our program will focus on how we can collectively work to reduce the risks of sharing a public face online as women from racialised backgrounds.

Amina MWRC sought training from Glitch* to properly introduce you to their new resource around tackling online gender based violence. We’ll also be taking note of issues participants and facilitators have faced with online discrimination of all kinds as part of an anonymous evidence gathering exercise.

* Glitch is an award-winning UK charity that is working to end online abuse – particularly against women and marginalised people. We were founded in 2017 by then local politician, Seyi Akiwowo, after she received a flood of abuse when a video of her speech at the European Parliament went viral. Through training, research, workshops and programmes, we’re building an online world that is safer for all.


Paid registration – £25 per slot*
Concessionary rates available
**If you are concerned about human rights issues and would benefit from this session but are not in a position to pay, please contact us confidentially through social media, email at or phone on 0808 801 0301**

This media training course will be delivered by Talat Yaqoob FRSE who has many years of experience on media commentary and campaigning. The session will provide practical skills and knowledge on how to take part in media interviews including TV, radio and newspapers. We will discuss setting your own boundaries and will have opportunities for 1 to 1 practice. We will reflect upon issues within media (such as false equivalence and hostile interviewing) and how we can respond in such circumstances. The session will operate under Chatham House rules i.e. all shared discussion with participants remains within the session and will not be shared beyond it.

We are prioritising interest from women from racialised backgrounds. This does not exclude individuals who also fall under any other protected characteristics. There will be space to explore intersectionality of being a Muslim woman in media of any background.