Equality and Human Rights Officer (Refugees)
Amal Azzudin is the Equality and Human Rights Officer for the Mental Health Foundation in Scotland and she primarily manages the refugees programme including the Sawti project.
Sawti, meaning ‘my voice’ in Arabic, aims to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing using the arts; as well as developing a mentoring scheme among refugees and asylum seekers in Scotland.
Amal has a BA in Community Development and an MSc in Human Rights and International Politics from the University of Glasgow.
Amal's passion for human rights and social justice began when she rose to fame as one of the Glasgow Girls in 2005. Along with six other school girls from Drumchapel High School, she campaigned against dawn raids, and the detention and deportation of asylum seekers in Glasgow. Their story has since been turned into two BBC documentaries, a stage musical and a television musical drama.
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.