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Zlakha Ahmed

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Known For: Founder and Manager, Apna Haq Program
Country: United Kingdom

About

Zlakha Ahmed is the founder and manager of the UK-based Apna Haq organization, which establishes support services for Muslim and black women facing domestic abuse issues. For the past twenty years, she has worked with black, Asian, and Muslim groups in a variety of community settings in the South Yorkshire region of the UK.

Part of Apna Haq’s mission involves educating the local community on women’s rights in Islam, such as the right to divorce (khulla) and the right to live a life free of violence. Ms. Ahmed has a wealth of expertise on issues pertaining to violence against women and has gained credibility for her and Apna Haq’s work on the local, regional, and national levels.

Ms. Ahmed has delivered trainings on violence against women to several agencies in Rotherham, and has also conducted domestic violence trainings for the South Yorkshire Magistrates for the past six years. She is regularly invited to speak at conferences and campaigns that raise awareness about violence against women in the Asian and Muslim communities.

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