I am a Bahraini Woman Human Rights Defender who works as a consultant and trainer on Human Rights.
I am a leading voice for human rights and political reform in Bahrain and the Gulf region. I have been influential in shaping official responses to human rights atrocities in Bahrain and the Gulf region by leading campaigns and engaging with prominent policymakers around the world.
I played an instrumental role in the pro-democracy protests in Bahrain’s Pearl Roundabout in February 2011. These protests triggered a government response of widespread extra judicial killings, arrests, and torture, which I documented extensively over social media. Due to my human rights work, I was subjected to assault, threats, defamation campaigns, imprisonment and an unfair trial. I was arrested on illegitimate charges in 2014 and sentenced in absentia to one year in prison. I currently have an outstanding arrest warrant and four pending cases, one of which could carry a life sentence.
I serve on the Board of the International Service for Human Rights, Urgent Action Fund and No Hiding Place. I previously served as Co-Director at the Gulf Center for Human Rights and Acting President of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights.
With the launch of Al-Khawaja Consulting, I aim to offer my expertise and unique skillset to serve the missions of individuals and organizations seeking to secure accountability and human rights for all.
My passion is first and foremost my activism and working with grassroots activists to create change.
Outside of work, I love writing poetry and short stories, going hiking, listening to music, taking long drives, rock climbing and going to the gym.
Whether you're looking to contact me about training, consulting, speaking or a project, feel free to drop me a line here and I will get back to you as soon as I can.