Causes

Prior to writing full-time, I have worked with youth, human rights, education and development charities and organisations, both nationally and internationally, and these are some of the causes that I am interested in and care about.

Global Girls Fund

  • Girls are twice as likely to be unable to read as boys.
  • Four in ten businesses worldwide have no women in senior management.
  • 80% of the world’s refugees are girls and women.
  • 100 million girls are ‘missing’ around the world, killed because they are girls.
  • 70% of the 1.2 billion people living in poverty in the world are women.

PEN International

PEN works to protect writers worldwide who are imprisoned or at risk, campaigns on freedom of expression issues internationally and runs education programmes in partnership with local PEN centres around the world.

UN Women

Working for gender equality, peace, humanitarian action, ending violence against women, engaging and empowering women.

UNHCR

Working to support and protect refugees and those displaced by conflict.

Under the Almond Tree is set in part in Afghanistan, and girls’ education can make a real difference to so many young lives. You can find out more here:

United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative

I have worked with SIDA in the past and they support and deliver amazing grassroots education initiatives around the world.

Afghanaid

This organisation works with Afghans to deliver practical support and development solutions.

Warchild

Warchild works with local partner organisations to support children displaced by conflict in Afghanistan.

Afghan Connection

Afghan Connection supports education projects in Afghanistan, working to build new schools and train teachers – vital work.