Project: Empower

» Nadia Abdiwahab

Head of Public Legal Education

Nadia joined Project Empower on December 2018. She is the Sub-Team leader for the Public Legal Education Division. Nadia studied Drama, Applied Theatre and Education at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.Nadia is in charge of creating all workshops which explore a variety of topics such as Street Law, Rights at a Police Station, Equality and Discrimination as well as Sexual Consent. She is also in charge of training all our volunteer facilitators ensuring all sessions are delivered at high standard. Nadia also supervises all workshops that Project: Empower delivers and is determined to make the Project the first organisation to infuse law and creative education in order to empower young people and achieve social justice.

Nadia believes within society there are barriers restrict us from achieving social justice as a community. Nonetheless, as an BAME woman living in London, Nadia has overcome challenging life experiences as being a care leaver. She believes without dialogue and solidarity between sections of society, achieving political and social change will be impossible. This is why Nadia joined Project: Empower. She firmly believes that Project: Empower has given her a platform to highlight and actively address current issues we are facing as a society.

Outside the project, Nadia is currently working alongside with the Drive Forward Foundation as a Policy Ambassador in order to reform and challenge policies involving young people in the care system. She uses her position to advocate on behalf of care experienced young people, so that MPs, Government Ministers and the CPS devise and implement policy that takes into account the needs of care leavers. Nadia will also be joining the Civil service this April as an Executive Officer within the care leavers policy team at the Department of work and pension (DWP). Previously, Nadia has worked on a multitude of community projects, for example, the Lewisham Youth Theatre and Fitzrovia Youth in Action. She worked closely with support workers in order to provide rehabilitation services to vulnerable young people suffering from mental health issues. She devised and delivered a series of life skill workshops, employability and emotional management workshops which helped support them on their transition back into education and employment.

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