Zara is a disability rights campaigner and activist from the UK. She has been involved in the disability rights movement since the age of 10 and has worked for a number of disabled people’s organisations and helped found a local centre for independent living where she lives.
She is currently the chair of Inclusion London, a Deaf and disabled people’s organisation, which supports DPOs in London to build capacity. Zara has advised both the UK government and a number of European institutions on their disability-related work, including the Council of Europe and the Fundamental Rights Agency.
Zara is particularly passionate about disabled children and young people’s rights, and has been working with ENIL voluntarily over the last 3 years to develop the ENIL Youth Network. In the UK Zara has supported disabled children and young people, aged between 4 and 25 to be involved in the UK’s shadow reporting process for both the Convention on the rights of the child and the Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities.
She is currently studying for a PhD, looking at disabled children and young people’s right to be involved in decision-making in the UK. Zara is also one of the directors of Sisters of Frida – a disabled women’s collective.
As somebody with both a visible and nonvisible impairments and somebody who occasionally needs to use a personal assistant, working inclusively is something Zara advocates for everywhere she goes.