Farzana’s dedication to justice and equality is deeply shaped by her upbringing in Newham, East London, where she faced a challenging environment of crime and poverty. Despite the lack of positive role models due to prevalent gang violence and drug abuse, she found comfort and motivation in education. This propelled her to become a positive influence in the face of adversity.
Farzana’s dedication to her academic studies led to a first-class BA (Hons) in Law from the University of Cambridge, Newnham College, and a Distinction MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Oxford, Worcester College. She has also received numerous prestigious awards and prizes for her academic achievements. Farzana’s research has primarily focused on sexual and gender-based violence, with an emphasis on reproductive rights, as well as empirical research on Islamophobic hate crimes against veiled Muslim women.
Currently training to become a Barrister, Farzana has gained valuable experience in the legal field. This has been through multiple mini pupillages, volunteering with Community Links and Amicus ALJ and paralegalling for Garden Court Chambers. Farzana also presently serves as a Family Court Magistrate, prioritising child welfare in complex cases.
In her commitment to uplifting her community, Farzana has supported The Legacy Project, a social mobility organisation. She also founded the Newnham Akhawaat Society to empower Muslim women at Cambridge throughout their University journey.
Beyond her legal work, Farzana is an adventurous traveller who enjoys exploring remote destinations and engaging in thrilling activities, from dangerous hikes to snowmobiling through the Norwegian mountains!