Nicola Stokes

Nicola has an MA in Human Rights from UCL and used her degree to focus primarily on women’s rights issues, including conflict-related sexual violence and domestic abuse.  She is a committed advocate for women facing any form of discrimination or disadvantage, and so is keen to support the Sophia Forum to reduce the stigma faced by women living with HIV since this is a group of women whose needs are often overlooked. 

She has previously worked conducting policy and legal research for an international women’s rights organisation, volunteered as an emotional support worker for CARA (the Centre for Action on Rape and Abuse) and worked for a charity supporting the vision impaired community in East London.  She has undertaken research projects on female genital mutilation in Sudan, the legalisation of abortion in Nepal and analysed how far the policies in the proposed British Government’s Domestic Abuse Bill are likely to protect survivors of economic abuse.