Writing Rights Ltd
Journalist, Campaigner, Director of Writing Rights
The Mohajer App was awarded a special jury prize at the Techfugees Summit: read TechCrunch's report - here.
This week I had the great privilege and challenge of working with content and messaging in a new context: presenting the Mohajer App at the Techfugees Summit in Paris as part of the 'Global Challenges' competition. I worked with the team to create a presentation, which I then delivered to the panel of judges. Mohajer is the app for Afghan refugees and migrants in Iran: the amazing team of Iranians and Afghans behind this project were not able to present the Project, for security and travel reasons.
I’ve been linked to this Project since its beginnings, when I was working in the Calais camp, and I and one of the team started discussions and formal scoping with Afghan and Iranian refugees about information and empowerment. The Calais camp was demolished shortly afterwards, but the idea was adapted and and applied to a new context.
Writer, Editor, Founder at Writing Rights
Writing Rights was born of a sense that something was missing in a sector I care passionately about.
My years of work in the human rights sector, for groups and campaigns on themes from education to whistleblowing, one thing struck me - over and over again.
Despite huge expertise, amazing research, and brilliant potential, there are huge barriers to storytelling in the campaigns and human rights sectors. Great messages sometimes just don’t hit the mark.
This was the gap I wanted to bridge– between expertise and a general audience, particularly lawyers and development researchers, and their intended readers. Complex policy, commentary, or information needs to be digested and re-packaged in order to have the maximum impact on those it wants to reach.
With the combination of a law degree, journalistic training with the Press Association, and extensive experience in the sector, I knew I was perfectly-placed to be this bridge.
I know the context well, and can deal with the challenges that the sector presents to research and drafting. I have an understanding of the complex relationship between experts, communications teams, and audiences, as well as experience in writing and editing.
From a simple proof through to a complete restructure, or working with specific briefs to create press releases and other promotional materials from long-form documents, the challenges and solutions vary hugely, but I’m learning and adapting all the time, and Writing Rights is growing with me.
And a full year after I created the company, I’m still loving what I do, and loving my niche. I’ve written explainers, op-eds and digests for amazing campaign groups, copyedited long-form research and policy, and done proofreading work for those who need it.