Meet Our Team

Our organisation is run by the Executive Director, Halaleh Taheri, and is supported by the management team. In addition we employ staff delivering counselling and advice services as well as facilitating workshops and training across London and work with volunteers who provide a vital contribution to the services we offer.


Halaleh Taheri – Executive Director and Founder

Halaleh is a women’s rights activist from Iran, a registered and qualified Social Worker and holds a degree in Pedagogy by Stockholm University. She founded MEWSo from nothing in 2010 and has since managed and run the charity.




Kate Oboussier – Development and Fundraising Manager

Kate is passionate about women’s rights and holds a degree from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London where she specialised in the representation of women in art. She first started volunteering with MEWSo in 2013 as a Fundraiser and English Language Teacher and later joined the staff team.



Board of Trustees

Cordelia Mayfield – Chair 

Cordelia Mayfield is a retired Gestalt Psychotherapist and Social Worker. She is an ardent feminist and was Team Manager of the Women’s Alcohol Service in Islington before her retirement in 2010.




Behnaz Fatherazi – Treasurer 

Behnaz is a translator and interpreter in Farsi and Turkish and has experience working with displaced women from different backgrounds. She currently works for the Home Office and is experienced in dealing with immigration cases.



Rejna Alaaldin

Rejna works and lives between London and Iraq as a lawyer. She founded the legal advisory firm Kurdistan Legal Services (KLS) in Iraq also the non-profit organisation, All for One, which assists women in the Kurdistan Region through education and entrepreneurship skills training.



Sharon Leonardi

Sharon is passionate about human rights and women’s legal and social battles in the MENA region. She holds a degree in Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic Language and she is currently specialising in Development Studies at SOAS in London. She has previous experience of working with refugees and started volunteering at MEWSO in 2017.



Salima Belhadi

Salima was born in Algeria and came to the UK to improve her English and became a French Teaching Assistant. After she got married she gave birth to her disabled son and had to leave her job to care for him. Salima was originally a service user of MEWSo but she now helps organise and delivering activities as well as writing regular articles on women’s rights issues for our bimonthly newsletter.