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.
Chief Communications Officer
Anisa Mahmood is a Parliamentary Researcher and advisor. She completed her BA (Hons) in Politics at University College London. Her research primarily focuses on human rights, foreign policy, Islamophobia and, race and discrimination. 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.
Parliamentary Communications Coordinator & Researcher
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.
Community Engagement Coordinator & Researcher
Amira is an MA student in International Relations at the University of Birmingham. Her areas of interest include exploring the legacy of post-conflict peacebuilding in relation to the changing nature of international politics. She currently works to increase youth political participation by creating online content and events that demystify the UK political structure. Amira is excited to work with the Equality Act Review Campaign to protect the most vulnerable people in our society by ensuring their voices are heard.
Research and Policy Assistant
Maryam is a Masters student in Law at LSE. Her areas of interest are in Equality and Anti-Discrimination law, Public law and Criminal Law. She is currently researching intersectional discrimination in the Youth Justice System, volunteering as a legal-casework assistant for MEND charity’s Islamophobia Response Unit and working in national student politics.
Maryam is passionate about the Equality Act Review’s aim to expand the ‘protected characteristics’ grounds under the Equality Act 2010 and determine that the Act should be expanded to recognise all forms of discrimination.
Research and Policy Assistant
Claudia has recently graduated from Durham University with a BA in Politics, and is currently studying for her MA in Migration and Diaspora Studies at SOAS, University of London. Her research interests include international student migration, transnationalism in the digital age, and diaspora diplomacy. Claudia is very excited to be joining the Equality Act Review and to contribute to its important work advocating for the protection and representation of those that are subject to systemic discrimination in our society.