Azmina is a leading expert on gender, technology, and human rights, with a particular focus on online violence and abuse against women, freedom of expression online, and content moderation. She has worked with both non-profits and big tech companies to advocate for stronger community standards and policies related to online safety.
Azmina was most recently the Head of Operations and Research at Block Party, an early-stage tech startup that solves online harassment by filtering out users more likely to send unwanted or harassing content, and was responsible for building and executing user research and operational strategies for Block Party’s alpha and beta products. Previously, Azmina was a Research and Policy Advisor on Technology and Human Rights at Amnesty International and spearheaded the organisation’s research, policy and advocacy on violence and abuse against women on social media platforms. She has authored several reports and articles on the issue, including the cutting-edge report ‘#ToxicTwitter: Violence against Women Online’ where she applied an intersectional lens to analyse the human rights impact of abuse against women and non-binary people on social media platforms. She has extensive experience in undertaking policy analysis of international human rights standards, social media terms of service, reporting mechanisms and content moderation guidelines and her research included over 50 interviews with high profile women in public life in the UK and US about their experiences of abuse on social media platforms. From 2011-2016, she was the Campaigns, Projects and Networks Coordinator in the Gender, Sexuality and Identity Programme at Amnesty where she coordinated global campaigns around gender equality, LGBTI rights, and the rights of Indigenous Peoples. She was responsible for leading campaigns on human rights issues such as exploitation against Syrian refugee women in Lebanon, women’s sexual and reproductive rights in Nepal, violence against Indigenous women in Bangladesh, and freedom of expression for LGBTI people in Sub Saharan Africa. Azmina has also worked as a Policy and Advocacy Manager in the Mobile for Development Team at GSMA where she focused on enabling regulatory and policy environments to increase mobile-led solutions for digital and financial inclusion for women and girls.
Azmina is a Board Member for the digital campaigning organisation Open Rights Group and is also an Advisor for Glitch, an organisation that aims to eradicate online abuse and promote digital citizenship. She holds a Masters Degree in Human Rights from the London School of Economics and a Bachelors Degree in Political Science and International Relations from the University of British Columbia.