Who we are

Apna Haq is a survivor-led organisation that works for, with and by women who have experienced all forms of violence. Meet our Trustees and staff members below.

Our Board of Trustees

Nazreen Naz (Chair) - joined 24/03/2014

Nazreen has knowledge and experience of issues that affect women and children facing domestic violence. She is able to give a service user perspective in terms of taking Apna Haq forward.


Shaziah Khan (Treasurer) - joined 01/11/2011

Shaziah holds an LLB Honours, PGCE degree & TESOL qualification, and currently works as a ESOL teacher. She loves to read and is aware of BME issues and current affairs, as well as being mother to three beautiful children.


Azra Hussain Director - joined 03/09/2009

Azra has been involved with Apna Haq since 2006. She has a wide range of interests and previously had a job as a dinner lady, before setting up her own catering business. She has done food hygiene courses, and is a role model for other people especially her four daughters.


Langathani Hlabangana - joined 27/04/2015

Langathani is the mother of three beautiful children, whilst working full-time as a support worker and also being heavily involved with MAMA Africa.


Saiqa Tabussam (Director) - joined 03/09/2009

Saiqa has knowledge and experience of issues relating to mental health and the impact it has on women and children, as well as experience of immigration issues, particularly no recourse to public funds.


Farzana Khan (Director) - joined 03/09/2009

Farzana has knowledge and experience of issues faced by asylum seekers and refugees. She has completed several training courses such as ESOL, Confidence-Building and Domestic Violence. She likes to socialise with people.


Past Trustees

Rukhsana Hussain - 01/04/2004 - 01/09/2019

Rukhsana has been a community activist for 20 years, working with BME women in different settings. She is passionate about youth work and has an interest in taking community work forward.



Jo Swee Mailer - 01/11/11 - 01/11/19

Jo Swee is the Elected Chair of the Wah Hong Chinese Association. In her spare time, Jo Swee enjoys arts and crafts and is a community activist.


Our Executive Director

Zlakha Ahmed MBE

Zlakha is the founder of Apna Haq and has over 21 years of experience developing and overseeing violence against women support services at a local level, while influencing strategy, policy and procedure at a regional, national, European and global level.

In 2016, Zlakha was awarded an MBE award by the Queen for her outstanding service to the community. One year later, she was awarded the Asian Achievers Award for Community Service.

Read this interview by Monira Ahmed as part of her Role Model series to find out more about Zlakha and why she set up Apna Haq.



Sagina Bi

Advocacy workers

Rukhsana Hussain

Izbeth Khan

Sirwar Hussain

Razia Begum


Anisa Ahmed

Ishah Jawaid