Farah Nazeer has been chief executive of Women’s Aid since March 2021. With more than 20 years of director-level experience in the charity sector, she has devoted her career to women’s rights and working to end violence against women and children. Farah has led Women’s Aid during a period of transition and significant growth, steering the charity through the unprecedented rise in demand for domestic abuse services presented by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Prior to working at Women’s Aid, Farah served on the senior leadership team at Action Aid UK, working to end gender-based violence and ensure women’s economic rights. Farah also worked at Lumos, Bond, the Motor Neurone Disease Association and the Women’s Institute. She was a local authority councillor for almost a decade working on local service provision, health, environment, and accountability.
Under Farah’s leadership, Women’s Aid has delivered and supported member organisations to deliver higher levels of lifesaving direct services throughout England, such as Women’s Aid’s Live Chat service. Farah’s voice has enhanced the charity’s ongoing campaigns to increase the safety and rights of domestic abuse survivors, and their children.
Farah says: “It’s a huge privilege to work for such an inspiring organisation, and one that is uniquely placed to help bring about the elimination of violence against women and girls. We won’t stop until women and children are safe at home, in the streets, and at the hands of those who are supposed to protect us. We will work tirelessly to inform and bring together all parts of society to help us achieve our goals. There are many challenges ahead and barriers to break down, but I’m proud to work with a such passionate team of dedicated and resilient feminists.”