Elizabeth Arif-Fear is a British-Muslim, award-winning activist and writer. Studying languages and human rights at postgraduate level, Arif-Fear also became educated on Islamic studies and feminism in the Muslim world. Within her final year of university, Arif-Fear converted to Islam. As a dedicated writer and campaigner, Arif-Fear has worked in communications and fundraising in the human rights sector. This has included her involvement with a range of human rights and development organisations, such as Amnesty International UK, Child to Child, Grandmother Project (GMP) and Croydon Community Against Trafficking (CCAT) in communications.
Arif-Fear has also written for a range of organisations/publications including Globe Post, Haaretz, She Speaks We Hear, Sisrer-hood magazine and Jewish News. Additionally, due to her passion for and history of studying languages, Arif-Fear has also worked as a volunteer translator and proofreader for non-profit organisations. Besides this, Arif-Fear’s committed fighting against antisemitism has given voice to more nuanced views of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. She remains a local Co-Chair for Nisa-Nashim as well as a member of UK Friends of the Bereaved Families Forum (FBFF), a trustee for Muslims Against Antisemitism and a member of the outreach committee at Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT).
In 2015, Arif-Fear founded Voice of Salam, described as a human rights and interfaith organization, promoting: human rights, interfaith awareness and socio-cultural cohesion. Her organisation’s blog has most notably featured in the “Top 30/40 Global” and “Top UK-based Human Rights Blogs/Websites” for Expertido and Feedspot listings. Additionally, Voice of Salam was also acknowledged at the 2018-2019 Faith and Belief Forum London Community Awards. Arif-Fear’s debut poetry collection ‘What If It Were You?’ brings attention to a wide array of central human rights issues, including child marriage, female genital mutilation, modern slavery and the rights of refugees.