Onjali Q. Raúf

Onjali Q. Raúf


Onjali Q. Raúf MBE is a bestselling children’s author and human rights activist. She is the founder and CEO of two NGO’s: Making Herstory, an organisation working to end all forms of domestic violence, abuse and trafficking crimes perpetrated against women and children; and O’s Refugee Aid Team, through which she mobilises aid convoys and funds to help refugees surviving across northern France and beyond. She is the author of The Boy at the Back of the Class (Orion Children’s Books, 2018), which won the 2019 Blue Peter Award and the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, The Star Outside My Window (Orion Children’s Books, 2019), The Day We Met The Queen (World Book Day, 2020), The Night Bus Hero (Orion Children’s Books, 2020), The Great (Food) Bank Heist (Barrington Stoke, 2021), The Lion Above the Door (Orion Children’s Books, 2021), and Hope on the Horizon (Wren & Rook, 2022). Onjali is also a Patron of VIP Reading, Facefront Theatre, and NIA, and was listed as one of BBC’s 100 inspiring and influential women from around the world for 2019. Raúf was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2022 New Year Honours for services to literature and women’s rights.

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Onjali Rauf @OnjaliRauf

Right to strike is under attack, we will never back down! The Voice of Domestic Workers supports the PUBLIC SECTOR WORKER's STRIKE. Decent Pay, Work, and Living conditions for all!

Despite being somewhat irked to have to entertain my children today, I fully support the #TeacherStrike. Our useless corrupt govt can find money to pay and subsidise themselves, but can’t find anything for our teachers or schools - it’s unacceptable.

In the 21st century, Afghanistan’s women are treated as though they aren’t human beings by the Taliban.

Imagine you were BANNED from studying, from working, from choosing how to dress or leaving the house alone etc.

What would you want the world to do?

"Birth is a feminist issue because too many women are being traumatised unnecessarily." https://twitter.com/bigissuenorth/status/1620708711378345984

THIS is why coming back to the @EmiratesLitFest feels like coming home. Even at 2am, the teams are still smiling with all their hearts.

Giving an extra tw-hug & shout out to Mary Ann who, using zero wands or swords or unicorns (that we can see), works utter magic... 💕

Great 1st session today at the @EmiratesLitFest for The Chevron Cup - basically a reading competition across lots of different schools with quizzes! Had so much fun with these two superstars meeting all the amazing children today & signing lots of books. 🥰🥰🥰

Teachers are the backbones of ALL our worlds.

Every single MP, no matter what side of the floor they sit on, is only there because of the pathways education opened up to them.

The disrespect is staggering.

Supporting #TeacherStrike all the way.

Love from Dubai X

300,000 teachers are on strike today. Why?

📉 Real pay down by 23% since 2010

📖 Devastating austerity cuts to school budgets

👩‍🏫 Stress, exhaustion and unbearable workloads amid a retention and recruitment crisis

RT if you're with our teachers 👊

Two endings tonight: one, the book my 9yo has been reading to himself and the other, our bedtime read aloud. He has thoroughly enjoyed both marvellous books (and so have I!) and the book chat about both has been excellent.
@OnjaliRauf @MGLnrd

We’ve loved running this competition with @HUEcameras. So many fab ideas for how to use a Hue Camera! We can reveal that the winner is


📸 @MrsJTea who will use her camera for bookstagram stop-motion vids 📸

Thanks for all the entries. More giveaways coming soon! https://twitter.com/vipreading/status/1615076577607385097

This is the atmosphere that book world has allowed to flourish. Publishing companies & agencies have remained silent in the hope of avoiding the mob. It's time you took a stand, together. Draw up a code of conduct which says that belief in material reality is perfectly legitimate https://twitter.com/OnjaliRauf/status/1619962867171885056

We need far more of THIS. Thank you @GraziaUK for publishing and @KILLEDWOMENNW for organising.

Only then, will the gaslighting of women & making them out to be "hysterical" for needing single sex safe spaces and services, begin to end.


A must watch - Our client Daisy @rapeconception explaining what the implementation of #DaisysLaw means for her and other people born of rape.


🧵 Today we publish a report showing that the majority of those men, women and children who cross the Channel on small boats would be granted asylum in the UK because they are fleeing war and persecution. Here’s how the Home Office tried to rubbish our report last night….

@C4Ciaran @NicolaSturgeon Thank you Ciaran. These accusations have been used very successfully for years now to shut down concerned women & allies. This nasty name calling no longer has any meaning & the public will not now be kept out of the debate #KeepPrisonsSingleSex

@C4Ciaran @NicolaSturgeon We invite Nicola to come to #Ed4WomensLib at #UCL this weekend to listen to our keynote @akuareindorf. Knowing #sexmatters is not an act of hate.

#ReindorfReport @UCLwomenslib #DefendingWomensSpaces #WomensRightsAreHumanRights

Schedule & tickets

I asked @NicolaSturgeon if she could substantiate her remarks about some opponents of gender recognition reform being misogynistic, homophobic and racist?

Ms Sturgeon says she’s not suggesting opponents are ‘by definition badly motivated’ and was talking in ‘general terms’.

Her obfuscating is off the charts. It’s great to see more broadcast journalists apply scrutiny to these issues though. Public concern may be heightened as Sturgeon says but some have been trying to raise cases like Dolatowski with the first minister for a long time.

@OnjaliRauf @PeterAdamSmith It‘a the first time I’ve found Ms Sturgeon easy to listen to, tbh. We’ve waited a long time for an interview like this, Onjali. I’m so glad she’s being held to account..finally!

By the way, has anyone asked @DavidLammy if the right not to be incarcerated with a double rapist is a right worth hoarding?