Amal Azzudin, keynote speaker

Amal Azzudin

Human Rights Activist
Equality and Human Rights Officer (Refugees)

Amal Azzudin is an award winning campaigner for human rights and social justice. Within the Mental health Foundation she takes responsibly for the development and delivery of new and innovative work with asylum seekers and refugees. Amal has a BA in Community Development and an MSc in Human Rights and international politics from the University of Glasgow.

Amal is well known as one of the Glasgow Girls, a group of seven school girls from Drumchapel High School who campaigned to stand up against dawn raids, detention and deportation of asylum seekers in Glasgow. The Glasgow Girls story has since been turned into two BBC documentaries, a stage musical and a television musical drama. The group’s efforts raised public awareness, won the support of the Scottish Parliament and influenced the government’s decision to change immigration laws.

Amal is an ambassador for the Scottish Refugee Council. In 2016 she was named an inductee of the Saltire Society’s Outstanding Women of Scotland alongside JK Rowling, Annie Lennox and Sarah Brown and she recently won the University of Glasgow’s World Changing Alumni Award 2018.