In 2010, together with a Maasai warrior and local widows in Eloi, Arusha district, we founded Naserian. It is now a registered charity in Tanzania with the widows running it and making all the decisions and planning. Alais, a Maasai warrior, is the Coordinator. It has expanded to 10 villages where, FGM is not eradicated through its work.
Global Alliance Last Woman First
The global alliance for organisations working for widows was Co-Founded by Zarin Hainsworth together with Meera Khana from Guild of Service. It is an umbrella organisation for all those organisations working for widows and has over 100 member organisations.
Serene Communications, our parent company, was the only social enterprise to have an event and space at the Prevention of Sexual Violence Initiative hosted by Rt Hon William Hague and Angelina Jolie at the Excel Centre. Serene created 1325 On Trial which took place on each day of the event and was cited as the best side event at the CSO Forum of the PSVI.
Female Headed Households Conference – UN Women
Serene organised and facilitated the first conference for female-headed households for UN Women. It took place in Iraq in 2015 for the MENA region. Serene arranged the programme and connection with all the participating CSOs, international experts and local dignitaries.
UK NGO CSW Alliance
Impact Travel Director, Zarin Hainsworth, together with Dr Annette Lawson OBE co-founded this coalition of all those organisations based in the UK working for women and girls at the UN. She was elected Co-Chair at the outset in 2011 and has been Chair since 2016 and is responsible for all the coordination of UK CSOs at CSW. The UKNGOCSW Alliance works closely with the UK Government Equalities Office.
Womens Economic Empowerment Iraq
Serene organised the first joint venture between the Iraqi Government and UNDP/UN Compact in 2012. Our Director was the invited International Gender Expert and facilitated the conference which took place at the Presidents Conference Centre Baghdad.
1325 on Trial
Serene organised 1325 On Trial at the UN Commission on the Status of Women on behalf of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 2006. As a result this way of illustrating the work for Women, Peace & Security has been used elsewhere in the world.
National Alliance of Women's Organisations
Impact Travel Director, Zarin Hainsworth, has served two terms as Chair of NAWO and is currently the Director. She set up the Young Women’s Alliance in 2005. Impact Travels has assisted NAWO organise events at the UN since 2002.
Widows Rights International
Impact Travels Director is the current Chair of WRI, having served as a number of years as trustee. She has represented WRI for many years at UN processes. Impact Travel has assisted WRI to organise events at the UN since 2006. WRI provided the seed funding to establish Women of Purpose in Uganda and has also assisted Naserian.
Pacific Rim Institute for Development Education
Impact Travels Director, is the Main Representative for PRIDE at the UN Geneva. Impact Travels has assisted PRIDE to organise events at the UN since 2015
North America and Europe Caucus
Impact Travels Director was recently elected as one of the 7 member Core Group of the group of all CSOs from North America and Europe attending CSW.
NGO Human Rights Committee Geneva
Zarin H was recently appointed onto the NGO human rights committee at the UN Geneva. She is also a member of the NGO CSW Committee in Geneva.
Women Peace & Security All Party Parliamentary Committee UK
Impact Travel Director initiated the idea for the APPG and worked with Dame Joan Ruddock MP on the establishment of the APPG. She was the civil society focal point on the Executive for the first years of its work and Coordinated two of the original task forces with David Drew MP: gender training for peace keeping troops and Iraq.
European Women’s Lobby
Impact Travel Director has served on the UK group representing women and girls from the UK on the EWL for a number of years. This has taken her to Romania, Belgium and Croatia in regard to EWL activities. Impact Travel has assisted EWL with events at CSW.
Parliamentarians at CSW
Impact Travels has worked closely with the UK Inter-Parliamentary Union and the Women and Equalities Select Committee to facilitate the participation of parliamentarians in CSO events at CSW including the annual round table with young people.