Natasha Feroze, Campaigns Coordinator
As MEWSo’s Campaign Coordinator, Natasha maybe a postgraduate fresh from completing a Masters Degree in Broadcast Journalism, but she is no stranger to campaigning for the issues she feels truly passionate about.
While still at school her passion for women’s rights grew after she asked to join the Boys Club and was told, no! In retaliation she went out and started the school’s first Feminist Society.
“It is still going strong now and I am so very proud of it,” she says. “It was really a big deal for me and I decided then that I would always fight for women’s rights and I’ve been trying to weave it into everything I do ever since.”
Her campaigning credentials found another outlet while studying Politics and International Relations at Bristol University when she explored another passion of hers - prison reform. She took time out to work in Copenhagen at a high-end fashion start-up company employing female prisoners in Peru and Thailand. It was there that she learned how prison labour could be better reformed to work ethically for both prisoners and businesses. Later on, she gained first-hand experience of the world of politics and lobbying while interning in Brussels for a British MEP, just as the UK prepared to leave the European Union.
Back in the UK, Natasha decided to complete her Broadcast Masters Degree by writing, producing and presenting a campaigning documentary "Like A Virgin" against virginity tests and hymenoplastic (virgin-repair) surgery - two of MEWSo’s major campaigns.
She first came across the subject last year when she and her colleague needed a subject for their Masters degree dissertation.
“We read an article about hymenoplasty on the BBC website. It was a really short article and we just thought this should be something more. We really need to focus in on this.” It was during their research that they found and interviewed Halaleh, MEWSo's Executive Director.
Natasha, said: “I knew nothing about virginity tests and hymenoplasty when I first started. I learned everything about it while researching the documentary. I’ve always wanted to do more about the sexual control of women. This is another way of controlling and subjugating women that I hadn’t known anything about before.
“That is why we need to get the word out there. Not just to those conservative communities most affected by this issue but we need allies - other charities, women’s organisations, politicians and others - in the wider society so that we can get these practices stopped once and for all. That is what I am working towards as MEWSo's Campaign Coordinator, as well as on our other important campaigns about migrant women, polygamy and LGBTQ+ rights.”
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