Meet the Speakers
Shalini Nair is a trustee with Survivor’s Network and a Gender Studies PhD scholar at the University of Sussex whose research is on sexual violence in India. She has been a journalist in India for over 15 years reporting on the social sector policies of the Indian government as well as its implementation on ground. Her work on gender, social justice, and development has received many prestigious national and international awards including the Thomson Reuters Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism, 2018.
Sumanta Roy is currently Head of Research at Imkaan, a national membership organisation for the ‘by and for’ ending VAWG sector. She has experience of conducting strength-based policy influencing research and evaluation on violence against Black, minoritised women and girls. She recently co-authored an in depth piece of research on sexual violence – Reclaming Voice with Dr Ravi Thiara, which looked at the interpersonal and structural barriers that survivors were subject; the types of support women and girls value and sector responses. She is very passionate about re-framing the problematic racialised ways in which research is often carried out.
Marai Larasi is a Black, African-Caribbean-British feminist advocate, community organiser and consultant who has worked in social justice for over twenty-five years, with a specific focus on ending violence against Black / Global Majority women and girls. She is a former Executive Director of Imkaan. Her work has included, and been framed, by collaborations with other Black/Global Majority and Indigenous feminist activists and practitioners in diverse contexts. She currently works across a range of spheres / sectors providing strategic, policy, practice and training support centred on areas such as decoloniality, intersectionality, racial justice and ending violence against women and girls.