Who we are
Apna Haq is a survivor-led organisation that works for, with and by women who have experienced all forms of violence. Meet our Trustees and staff members below.
Our Board of Trustees
Langathani Hlabangana (Chair) - joined 27/04/2015
Langathani is the mother of three beautiful children, whilst working full-time as a support worker and also being heavily involved with MAMA Africa.
Jo Swee Mailer (Co-Chair) - joined 01/11/2011
Jo Swee is the Elected Chair of the Wah Hong Chinese Association. In her spare time, Jo Swee enjoys arts and crafts and is a community activist.
Rukhsana Hussain (Treasurer) - joined 01/04/2004
Rukhsana has been a community activist for 20 years, working with BME women in different settings. She is passionate about youth work and has an interest in taking community work forward.
Shaziah Khan (Secretary) - joined 01/11/2011
Shaziah holds an LLB Honours, PGCE degree & TESOL qualification, and currently works as a ESOL teacher. She loves to read and is aware of BME issues and current affairs, as well as being mother to three beautiful children.
Saiqa Tabussam (Director) - joined 03/09/2009
Saiqa has knowledge and experience of issues relating to mental health and the impact it has on women and children, as well as experience of immigration issues, particularly no recourse to public funds.
Farzana Khan (Director) - joined 03/09/2009
Farzana has knowledge and experience of issues faced by asylum seekers and refugees. She has completed several training courses such as ESOL, Confidence-Building and Domestic Violence. She likes to socialise with people.
Azra Hussain (Director) - joined 03/09/2009
Azra has been involved with Apna Haq since 2006. She has a wide range of interests and previously had a job as a dinner lady, before setting up her own catering business. She has done food hygiene courses, and is a role model for other people especially her four daughters.
Nazreen Naz (Director) - joined 24/03/2014
Nazreen has knowledge and experience of issues that affect women and children facing domestic violence. She is able to give a service user perspective in terms of taking Apna Haq forward.
Our Executive Director
Zlakha Ahmed MBE
Zlakha is the founder of Apna Haq and has over 21 years of experience developing and overseeing violence against women support services at a local level, while influencing strategy, policy and procedure at a regional, national, European and global level.
In 2016, Zlakha was awarded an MBE award by the Queen for her outstanding service to the community. One year later, she was awarded the Asian Achievers Award for Community Service.