4 sessions exploring safety and medical institutions with Ameen Kamlana, Latifa Akay & Farah Elahi
Important: Please only register if you plan to attend/are available for all dates listed.
Central London, TBC
“The only way to arrive at freedom is to ask: What do our bodies need to feel safe? What does agency and choice feel like to my skin? How do I soften and become porous enough to let you in?” – Prentis Hemphill
Reimagining Safety through the bi-focal lenses of ‘harm reduction’ & ‘connection’ to confront Islamophobia, White Supremacy, and the Security Industrial Complex within Health & Social Care, to build radical foundations of Transformative Justice, Abolition, Community Accountability.
Using Generative Somatics’ map / diagram of ‘Sights of Shaping & Change’ for orientation, these workshops will explore how dehumanisation, carcerality and trauma manifest within ourselves, our relationships / practice, institutions, and society and, consequently, how we might lovingly reimagine safety, dignity and belonging.
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Ameen Kamlana (he/him): Ameen is from Cumbria, and practices as a GP in east London. He is interested in exploring Traditional, Participatory, and Trauma-Informed models of healthcare. He collaborates on our Litany For Survival and Reimagining Health and Care projects. Formerly a medico-legal report writer for the NGO Freedom from Torture , he has years of experience supporting survivors of torture seeking asylum in the UK. He has trained in advanced strategic communication, as a participant of Anat Shenker Osorio’s Global Messaging Programme and a member of the NEON Spokesperson Network . He is a founding member of the Securitisation of Healthcare Medact group.
Latifa Akay (she/her): Latifa works as Head of Collective Care at Act Build Change. She is interested in transformative approaches to safety and justice and co-wrote and produced The Radical Safeguarding Workbook in her former role as Director of Education at Maslaha. Latifa has over ten years experience working with communities around social justice issues and on arts-based community projects in a range of settings ranging from schools to faith spaces. Latifa is a trustee at the Inclusive Mosque Initiative and was co-director of the 2021 MFest at the British Library.
Farah Elahi (she/her): Farah is the Interim Executive Director at Pembroke House, on secondment from the Greater London Authority where she was Head of Community Engagement. Whilst at the GLA, she has led on the Civil Society Strategy and City Hall’s work on supporting a thriving sector. Farah’s previous roles include Research and Policy Analyst at the Runnymede Trust, and the Family and Childcare Trust. Her research has focused on ethnic inequality in London, employment and education.