Sajda Mughal OBE

Multi-award winning campaigner, countering extremism champion and public speaker

 

After having narrowly escaped death during the London terrorist attack on 7th July 2005, Sajda left her corporate background with management consultancies and investment banking to now lead the multi-award winning women's charity JAN Trust in its work to educate communities to tackle extremism, marginalisation and violence against women and girls.

She has dedicated over a decade in preventing and combatting extremism and has worked first-hand with a range of communities and agencies.

In 2012, Sajda published a report on online radicalisation - "Internet Extremism: Working towards a Community Solution", which explored the issue of online radicalisation and discussed UK based case studies. The report provides effective community led prevention strategies, to online radicalisation. The findings of this report have been the seedbed for her highly acclaimed and pioneering Web Guardians™' programme; working with marginalised and Muslim women and mothers since 2010, equipping them with the ability to safeguard their children and loved ones from online and offline extremism. The programme has been delivered across the UK and has catered for thousands of Muslim mothers and young people.

She is an expert advisor on preventing and countering extremism with the online safety platform Internet Matters and is a member of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS). Sajda has also co-founded the Survivors Against Terror network to assist and support survivors as well as influencing policy.

Sajda has continued to develop and deliver programmes locally, nationally and internationally, focusing on issues such as countering extremism, women’s rights, education and integration.

Her activism and work has received national and international recognition and she has been profiled in the Guardian, the Sunday Times, the Independent, Red and Cosmopolitan magazine.

In 2015 she also was awarded an OBE in the Queens New Years Honours List 2015 for her services and work towards community cohesion and interfaith dialogue.

Recently, Farrah Storr the Editor in chief Cosmopolitan Magazine and Author featured Sajda in her book ‘The Discomfort Zone’ saying: “the effects of 7/7 have also had an extraordinary effect on her life. That’s because Sajda now runs one of the most important NGOs in the country: The JAN Trust.”

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