We are a survivor-led organisation that works for, with, and by Black and minoritised women who have experienced any form of violence.

Our Board of Trustees

Nazreen Naz (Chair) – joined March 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.


Azra Hussain (Secretary) – joined March 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.

Shaziah Khan (Treasurer) – joined January 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 issues facing Black and minoritised people and current affairs, as well as being mother to three beautiful children.


Apna Haq logoZaiban Alam – joined 2021

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Apna Haq logoDr. Parveen Ali – joined 2021

Dr. Parveen Ali works as a Senior Lecturer in the Health Sciences School at the University of Sheffield. She is a Registered Nurse, Registered Midwife (Pakistan), Registered Nurse Teacher, Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy, and a Fellow of Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. Dr Ali is an associate editor of Nursing Open (A Wiley Journal) and editorial board member of Journal of Advanced Nursing and Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Her research interests include domestic violence and abuse, gender-based violence, impact of domestic violence and abuse on victims lives, and training and preparation of healthcare professionals.

Apna Haq logoSughara Aziz (Director) – joined September 2020

Sughara works in the voluntary sector, running an award-winning group in West Yorkshire. She has worked with women from diverse backgrounds and has knowledge of mental health and issues affecting women.


Langathani Hlabangana – joined April 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.


Farzana Khan (Director) – joined September 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.


Karolina Meco – joined 2021

Karolina is a qualified teacher assistant and currently works in a primary school. She is a mum of two beautiful children. Karolina has experience of issues such as domestic violence and children facing domestic violence. Her main interest is to work to help her community. Karolina speaks four languages: Slovak, Czech, English, and Polish.

Umme RubabUmme Rubab (Director)joined November 2019

Umme has personally faced domestic violence and mental health problems. She has now completed a variety of training courses with Apna Haq and had training on child sexual exploitation and grooming from Rotherham council and Zlakha Ahmed.


Saiqa Tabussam (Director) – joined September 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.


Apna Haq logoDr. Vathsaladevi Vasu – joined 2021

Dr. Vathsaladevi Vasu has six years of teaching experience as a lecturer at the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka for undergraduate and post graduate students. She has worked for several internal and international NGOs and civil society in Sri Lanka. Her work focused on research, training and project implementation and evaluation. She has a B.A (Hons) in International Relations, MA in Development Studies (University of Colombo, Sri Lanka) and MPhil in Human Security from University of Huddersfield. She has a passion in Peace Studies, Gender Studies, Human Security, Conflict Resolution and Civil Society.

She has been volunteering for the British Red Cross, Amnesty International, and Coleridge Primary School. Currently, she is working for Rotherham Council as a Refugee Resettlement Officer. Prior to her current job, she worked as a Programme Coordinator for United Multicultural Centre and an ESOL tutor for Rotherham College, Good Thing Foundation and Coalfield Regeneration. She has completed several training courses on health and safety, equality and diversity, and research skills. She has undertaken Apna Haq’s Train the trainer on sexual exploitation and abuse and achieved a Pass at diploma level.

Past Trustees

Rukhsana Hussain – March 2004 - September 2019

Rukhsana has been a community activist for 20 years, working with Black and minoritised women in different settings. She is passionate about youth work and has an interest in taking community work forward.


Jo MailerJo Swee Mailer – November 2011 - November 2019

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.


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.

Read this interview by Monira Ahmed as part of her Role Model series to find out more about Zlakha and why she set up Apna Haq.



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Advocacy workers

Rukhsana Hussain

Izbeth Khan

Sirwar Hussain

Razia Begum


Anisa Ahmed

Ishah Jawaid