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Sara Khan is is one of the UK’s leading Muslim female voices on countering Islamist extremism and promoting human rights. She helped co-found Inspire (www.wewillinspire.com), a counter-extremism and women’s rights organisation in 2008 with the aim of challenging gender inequality and Islamist extremism within Muslim communities. Her activism has received national and international recognition and she has been profiled in the Guardian, the Independent and Vogue magazine. Whether working with Muslim women, youth, statutory agencies, schools, the police or government, Sara is passionate in tackling extremism, championing human rights and working towards creating a better world.

Sara Khan speaking at the “Our Families, Our Future” conference in Birmingham, September 2015.

Awards

29 September, 2016

Marie Claire Future Shapers Groundbreaking Activist 2016

Sara was named as 2016's groundbreaking activist at the forefront of fighting extremism in the UK

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12 May, 2016

Asian Women of Achievement Awards 2016 - Social and Humanitarian

Sara won the Social and Humanitarian award at the Asian Women of Achievement Awards for her counter-extremism and women's rights work.

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25 January, 2016

Debretts 500

Debretts along with the Sunday Times newspaper list Sara Khan as one of Britain’s most 500 influential people in the War and Peace category in 2015 and again in 2016. The award recognises recognition of the importance of Sara’s work in striving towards a more peaceful and inclusive society.

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1 July, 2015

BBC Woman's Hour 2015 Top 10 Power List: Influencers

The aim of this year’s list was to identify a range of women who have an exceptionally large impact on our lives, not just because of their job title but because of their personal ability to influence others. It features women involved in areas ranging from politics and fashion to journalism and entertainment.

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2 March, 2015

2015 Kraemer Middle East Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence

In March 2015 Sara was named the 2015 Kraemer Middle East Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence, the Wendy & Emery Reves Center for International Studies and the Program in Comparative Legal Studies and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding at the William & Mary School of Law in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA.

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22 May, 2009

Equality and Human Rights Commission Muslim Women’s Power List.

In March 2009, Sara was listed in the Equality and Human Rights Commission Muslim Women’s Power List.

Equality and Human Rights Commission Muslim Women’s Power List.

In March 2009, Sara was listed in the Equality and Human Rights Commission Muslim Women’s Power List.

Recognition

1 May, 2017

Standpoint Magazine reputations: Profile

Nick Cohen writes for Standpoint; Sara Khan is a "courageous Muslim campaigner for women's rights who faces misogyny, intolerance and extremism."

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4 September, 2016

Profile in the Sunday Times

"I'm taking on the Islamists but where is your backbone?" In an interview with Rosie Kinchen, Sara argues that the real challenge lies with combatting the toxic narrative and activism of Salafi-Islamists in the UK.

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3 September, 2016

BBC HardTalk

Sara speaks to Sarah Montague about her work on the frontline in the UK countering radicalisation.

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26 June, 2016

Desert Island Discs

Interviewed by Kirsty Young for the British institution that is BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs

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15 January, 2016

Profile of Sara Khan in the Independent

Twitter abuse, gender-segregation on campuses, and Islamist extremism

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28 October, 2015

Profile of Sara Khan in The Guardian:

The Long Read “It’s up to us to stop these Muslim girls making the worst mistake of their lives” by Alex Preston

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22 January, 2016

Profile of Sara Khan in Cherwell

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10 June, 2015

Profile of Sara Khan in British Vogue

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24 September, 2014

Sara Khan in the Telegraph

Why young Muslim women are speaking out against the Islamic State on the streets of London

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Advisory/Expert contributions

2005

After the London bombings Sara sat on the Home Office’s Tackling Extremism and Radicalisation Working Group.

2014

Contributed to the Government’s Extremism Taskforce

2014-2015

Appointed on the Department for International Development’s (DFID) External Expert Advisory Group on Girls and Women, advising the International Development Secretary Justine Greening.

2015-Present

Appointed to sit on the Department for Education’s Due Diligence and Counter-Extremism Expert Reference Group

2015-Present

Contributed to the Prime Minister’s Community Engagement Forum

2015/2016

Given evidence to the:
- European Parliament on radicalisation
- Home Affairs Select Committee on countering extremism
- Joint Commitee on Human Rights (UK Parliament)

2015

Assisted the Association of Schools and College Leaders (ASCL) on delivering training to teachers on safeguarding pupils from extremism across the UK

2015

Worked in partnership with the London Grid for Learning to develop an online resource for teachers on safeguarding children from Islamist extremism