Imkaan is a UK-based, black feminist organisation dedicated to addressing violence against women and girls.
As a second-tier, human rights organisation, with national membership, Imkaan represents the expertise and perspectives of frontline specialist women’s services that work to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls.
The Girls Against Gangs Project was developed in 2010 to engage young women in the development of local gang and serious youth violence services and policy.
The project has supported groups of young women to influence the development of local girls groups in their schools, and to gender-proof young people's services in their neighbourhoods.
The International Centre: Stopping the Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking of Children is the first international research centre with an exclusive focus upon scholarship in the area of sexual exploitation and trafficking of children and young people. The centre aims to develop an international dialogue between academics, practitioners and policymakers who share these concerns.
Associates of the centre have generated innovative research, training and consultancy in this area and the centre will serve as a focal point for the further development of the work.
Head of the MsUnderstood Partnership: Carlene Firmin MBE
London Programme Manager: George Curtis
Research and Communications Co-ordinator: Ikamara Larasi
Policy and Campaigns Co-ordinator: Lia Latchford
Young Women's Engagement Officer: Jashmin Patel
Previous Interns: Jashmin Patel, Paris Black, Asaybi Snape, Elizabeth Ackerley, Cassie John-Charles and Jade K. Tate
The MsUnderstood Partnership is supported by an expert advisory panel and subgroups made up of young people, local and national voluntary sector organisations, and regional and national government departments:
The boys and young men subgroup draws together professionals with knowledge and expertise of boys and young men’s experiences of violence, abuse, and service engagement:
The MsUnderstood Partnership is funded by:
The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation (2013 - 2016)
Trust for London (2014-2016)
Samworth Foundation (2014-2016)
Consultancy contracts (on-going)