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Elizabeth Rachael Emilia Arif-Fear

Country: United Kingdom

Founder and Director, Voice of Salam

Elizabeth Arif-Fear is a British Muslim and award-winning activist, passionate about protecting human rights, promoting peace and strengthening intercultural/interfaith cohesion, in particular Jewish-Muslim relations.

Based in London, she works in communications and fundraising in the human rights sector and is the Founder and Director of Voice of Salam, which works to promote human rights and interfaith dialogue worldwide. Elizabeth also works with a range of organizations dedicated to promoting peace and reconciliation, strengthening interfaith cohesion and eradicating prejudice.

Her roles include local Co-Chair for the UK's Jewish-Muslim network Nisa-Nashim, trustee for Muslims Against Antisemitism, member of the steering committee of the UK Friends of the Bereaved Families Forum and the outreach committee for Holocaust Memorial Day Trust. Elizabeth has several years’ experience volunteering on interfaith and social action projects at a central London synagogue and has written for a range of organizations/publications on issues around reconciliation, faith and interfaith relations including Mitzvah Day, The Faith and Belief Forum, Haaretz, She Speaks We Hear, sister-hood magazine and Jewish News.

In 2019, Elizabeth won the St. Ethelburga's Award for Sacred Activist of the Year and became a published poet. Her debut poetry collection, What If It Were You?, focuses on a range of critical issues including Jewish-Muslim relations, refugee rights and women's rights. Elizabeth most recently participated in the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations 2020 fellowship programme focussing on peace in the age of new media.