Join Deborah Coles (Director, INQUEST) and Sonali Naik QC, both exceptional and inspiring leaders in their respective fields, as they discuss their battles for justice, human rights, and gender equality, and why we continue to face an uphill challenge in achieving fairness and equality for everyone. They reflect upon the treatment of women in the criminal justice and legal systems, discuss their work to update and reform the practices around womens’ equality and justice, and consider their involvement with Clean Break as current and previous trustees of the company and the importance of this organisation in today’s world.
This event is both a celebration of Clean Break Theatre Company’s 40 years of placing women’s voices centre stage, and part of Fly The Flag series, which celebrates 70 years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Human Rights are for everyone, every day. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was created in 1948 in response to the global atrocities of war in the first half of the 20th century. It was a milestone document, drafted by representatives from all parts of the world.
Sonali Naik QC
After being called to the Bar in 1991 Sonali worked in the NGO sector for five years. Her experience of working in the voluntary sector and campaigning on immigration issues informs the kind of work that Sonali pursues in practice. Cases which lead to the extension and development of the rights of individuals and those which establish principles of broader policy application are her primary focus.
Through her practice and other activities, Sonali has been involved in speaking at public meetings and giving press and media commentary on the immigration debate. She is committed to lobbying for fair changes in the law and in contributing to an informed debate in the public and political arena.
Sonali has continued her involvement in the NGO sector and is a Board member of Liberty, a trustee of Freedom from Torture, a Council member of Justice, former Chair of the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants ("JCWI") and now trustee of the Immigrants' Aid Trust, as well as now a Patron of Clean Break Theatre Company working with women with experience of the criminal justice system.
Deborah Coles is Director of INQUEST and leads its strategic policy and legal work. She has considerable expertise of working to prevent the deaths and ill treatment of people in all forms of detention, and for more effective learning and accountability. She is consulted by government, parliamentarians, and other stakeholders at a national and international level. She is a regular media commentator and has advised on radio and TV documentaries and theatre productions. She is also a member of the Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody and a trustee of the Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize.