Onjali Rauf

Children’s author and Founder of Making Herstory

Onjali is the founder and CEO of Making Herstory: an organisation mobilising men, women and children from all walks of life to tackle the abuse and trafficking of women and girls in the UK and beyond. Since 2015 she has consistently ‘shown up’ to deliver emergency aid convoys for refugee families surviving across northern France: an endeavour which led to the creation of her first children’s novel, The Boy at the Back of the Class . The book went on to win the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2019 and the Blue Peter Book Award 2019. Her second children’s novel, The Star Outside My Window , tackles the impact of domestic abuse on children’s lives. As a self-declared feminist since the age of seven, showing up and speaking out no matter how uncomfortable the result, has been Onjali’s go-to strategy for all aspects of her professional life.

When not working, Onjali is committed to constantly learning – whether that’s through travelling, reading or learning about people past and present who have worked hard for change – or watching South Korean dramas!

Favourite TED Talk:

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie We should all be feminists

Meet the TEDxLondonWomen 2019 speakers

  • Nathaniel Cole

    Writer, facilitator and co-founder of Swim Dem Crew
  • Sarah Mardini

    Syrian refugee, student, interpreter and search and rescue swimmer
  • Anaïs

    Singer and musician
  • Stefanie Reid

    Paralympic long jumper, actor and chef
  • Mary Portas

    Global retail authority and advocate for The Kindness Economy
  • Choco Fruit

    London's favourite dessert; fresh fruit skewers, covered in the finest Belgian chocolates, garnished with an array of yummy toppings.
  • Poppy Wells

    Primary school teacher and mother
  • Galeta

    Galeta is a wholesale bakery in East London that creates award-winning, cakes, cookies, and pastries. We only use 100% natural ingredients and have stayed true to our roots - with markets still being at the heart of our growing business.
  • Bread Tree

    Top artisan Italian Bruschetta, Peperoncino Chilli, Nduja and Colourful Pastas!