Amal Azzudin is a campaigner for human rights and social justice in Scotland. Amal’s passion for human rights and social justice began when she rose to fame as one of the Glasgow Girls. In 2005, Agnesa Murselaj, a 15 years old pupil at Drumchapel High School in Glasgow, was dawn raided and detained with her family. Along with six other school girls from Drumchapel High, Amal Azzudin campaigned against dawn raids, and the detention and deportation of asylum seekers in Glasgow. Their determination raised awareness and brought about change: in refugee and children’s charities launching a campaign – No Place For A Child. In 2009 the Liberal Democrats made a manifesto commitment to ending child detention. Also, in 2010 the new Coalition Government announced the end of detention of children for immigration purposes. Their story has since been turned into two BBC documentaries, a stage musical and a television musical drama.
Amal Azzudin is now the Equality and Human Rights Officer for the Mental Health Foundation in Scotland where she takes responsibly for the development and delivery of new and innovative work with asylum seekers and refugees. The projects Amal delivers aim to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing of refugees using the arts, as well as developing a mentoring scheme among refugees and asylum seekers in Scotland. Amal also speaks about human rights in schools as an ambassador for the Scottish Refugee Council.