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

  • Horn OK Please

    Taking you on a journey beyond curry! Serving a delicious range of veggie treats inspired by signature Indian street food dishes, dosas, chaats, bhel and more. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options
  • Mary Portas

    Global retail authority and advocate for The Kindness Economy
  • Woodward Farm

    Serving organic burgers from their family farm, the team behind Woodward are passionate about animals and the food they produce.
  • Payzee Mahmod

    Campaigner against child marriage
  • Stefanie Reid

    Paralympic long jumper, actor and chef
  • Sarah Mardini

    Syrian refugee, student, interpreter and search and rescue swimmer
  • Ore Ogunbiyi & Chelsea Kwakye

    Writers and diversity campaigners
  • Poultry Pan

    Perfecting the Paella, Poultry pan make theirs the way you really want to have it. If you’re after something akin to a beautiful hug.