WHO WE ARE
The Equality Act Review Campaign was born out of Dr Suriyah Bi’s personal experience navigating the employment tribunals singlehandedly, after being unfairly dismissed for raising a concern about young children being shown graphic footage of 9/11, which preceded with an 18-rating caution message. Her concern was taken to be a “Muslim issue”; however, though Suriyah won her unfair dismissal, whistleblowing, and victimisation claims in 2017, her case remains ongoing as the religious discrimination portion was rejected. She has written about her experience from an auto-ethnographic perspective in the Journal of Muslims in Europe.
Dr Suriyah Bi
Founder & Chief Executive
Suriyah Bi obtained her PhD from UCL and Yale University, and now works as a lecturer at SOAS, University of London. Critically, her experience with the Equality Act 2010 through fighting her case in employment tribunals, opened her eyes to the legislation's other shortcomings, inspiring her to grow the Campaign into a formidable grassroots effort comprising three SOAS MA students with Suriyah at the helm. Together they believe that the Equality Act needs to be strengthened, and the Campaign is now working together with Members of Parliament and various stakeholder organisations to turn a mandatory review of the Equality Act 2010, into a reality.
Parliamentary Outreach & Engagement
Anisa currently works as a Parliamentary Researcher for a Shadow Foreign Minister. Anisa completed her BA (Hons) in Politics at University College London (2016). Her research primarily focuses on human rights, Islamophobia, issues concerning the Middle East, South Asia, the Commonwealth and China, Counter Extremism, social inequality and youth engagement.
During her time in Parliament, Anisa has assisted with the Committee stage of the Counter Extremism and Security Bill, organised human rights campaigns, set up a Youth Leadership Programme and helped found the Equality Act Review Campaign, which has received widespread support from senior parliamentarians. Working for the former Immigration Minister, she helped hold the Government to account during the Windrush scandal and challenged the Government's hostile environment.
It is with this experience and passion that drives her work on the Equality Act Review, which must strive to protect all in society.
Report Lead & Fundraising
Daniel McElroy is a second-year MA student in Migration & Diaspora Studies and Arabic at SOAS, University of London. His research focuses on collective resistance to urban inequalities and the barriers to successful demands for justice, so he is excited to be working with the Equality Act Review Campaign to amplify the voices of those who still face discrimination in the UK, turning his academic work into real world action.
Parliamentary Engagement Coordinator & Campaign Assistant
Gabriela Alvarez is currently studying her MA in Migration and Diaspora Studies at SOAS, University of London. After spending time in Egypt working with Sub Saharan refugees, she came to have a new understanding of the discrimination and inequalities that refugees face daily in host countries. Her research centres on gender discrimination and violence against refugees in urban areas. The Equality Act Review Campaign represents for her a unique and enriching experience to make a change and advocate for all those vulnerable people, refugees, and migrants undergoing injustices and discrimination in the UK.
Relationship Development Coordinator & Researcher
Diana Nolla is an MA student in Migration and Diaspora Studies at SOAS, University of London. Her current research focuses on analysing connections between international migration, agrarian development and a potential decline of rural poverty in South Asia. She is also interested in looking at how class hierarchies shape political structures, so working with the Equality Act Review Campaign has meant an opportunity to challenge political and legal relations in the UK in response to a continuously changing transnational society.
Community Engagement Coordinator & Researcher
Nidah has moved on from an international career as a Chartered Physiotherapist, and is now reading for an MSc in International Politics at SOAS, University of London. Her areas of interest are the politics, security and public policy of South Asia and the Middle East. The Equality Act Review Campaign resonates strongly with Nidah’s belief in equal representation for South Asians in the public sphere, regardless of caste.