Aliya is the Chief Executive of Race Equality First.
Before this Aliya worked in social care for Reach Supported
Living, a support provider for people with learning disabilities
and part of the Seren Group. Aliya has worked in the women's
equality sector and also as a journalist for radio, newspaper and
for a PR company reporting on the economic development of global
Recently Aliya travelled to the United Nations in Geneva with
colleagues from Runnymede Trust and other race equality NGO's to
give evidence to the CERD committee about the UK Government's
commitment to racial equality. CERD (Convention on the Elimination
of Racial Discrimination) is the United Nations body that monitors
compliance by UN countries to the International Convention on the
Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. After
hearing evidence from Race Equality First, Runnymede
Trust and other race equality organisations, the UN CERD
committee concluded that there has been an outbreak of
xenophobia and discrimination against ethnic minorities in the UK,
particularly since the referendum campaign.
In response to the report, the Government has announced a race
equality audit of public services and Aliya has been asked by the
UK Cabinet office to advise on methods for collating data for their
Race Disparity Audit.