1963-2013 - 50 years of Research for Social Change

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Marai Larasi

Collaborating Researcher

Marai Larasi was collaborating with UNRISD on the Think Piece Series “Let's Talk about Women's Rights: 20 Years after the Beijing Platform for Action”. She wrote a think piece with the title "Ending Violence Against Women: Achievements and Challenges 20 Years after Beijing". At the time of the collaboration with UNRISD, she was the Executive Director of Imkaan, UK a national membership organization dedicated to challenging violence against black and ‘minority ethnic’ women and girls. She is also the joint chair of the End Violence Against Women Coalition (EVAW), UK. She has worked in field of ending violence against women and girls (EVAWG) for over two decades, at both operational and strategic levels, and has developed and led cutting-edge services and programmes which address violence against marginalized women and girls.

Marai’s activism, public policy work and overall practice are underpinned by a strong commitment to equality and social justice. She has produced papers for, and delivered presentations to, numerous and varied audiences in the UK and internationally, covering a range of themes including VAWG, women’s homelessness, and equality. She has contributed chapters to two books including ‘Moving in the Shadows: Violence in the Lives of Minority Women and Children’.