Haneen’s role at Ten Years’ Time enables her to focus on racial equity, climate justice and social change in many forms.
Before joining Ten Years’ Time, Haneen was a Secondary Researcher for youth arts and activism organization Voices that Shake! Voices that Shake! centres the joy of minoritised communities and takes young people through courses with different focal points including mental health, state oppressions and healing trauma. Haneen worked on their 10 year anniversary report "#Shakethesytem A Decade of Shaping Change" to relay Shake!’s pioneering transformational approach to youth work and art activism.
In 2014, Haneen attended the ‘Headspace’ course that she found to be a life-changing experience. This is in addition to accessing a range of programmes that addressed the structural lack of access to healthy food, and collaborated with community led organisations that are reclaiming traditional connections to food and rituals, such as the May Project Gardens.
In 2018, Haneen worked at Doctors of the World, at their Bethnal Green clinic, to help asylum seekers and refugees, as well as others, to navigate the hostile environment that obstructs everyone’s legal right to primary care. She also spent a volunteer placement year at INQUEST, to campaign and work with families of those killed in state custody; in prisons, through police contact, in immigration detention and sectioning under the Mental Health Act.
Haneen is invested in the power of oral history and in ending state custody, seeking out lived experience led organisations and abolitionist work, to ultimately end detention migration in the UK.
If I had £500,000… I would start a homelessness relief (not solution) organisation, that rents out huge expensive offices and spaces (that are already kept open and empty with security throughout the whole night) and use them as very luxurious night shelters, all over UK cities.
And I would fund mental health and healing trauma work for young Sudanese people in Sudan and South Sudan. Also get a house on the beach (this money is stretching!)
How I joined Ten Years’ Time: I am driven by self lead,lived experience leadership, hoping to work to end detention migration in the UK so I look to organisations that imagine and build new systems. During the pandemic year I was working with Voices that Shake!, a youth arts activism course that I took part in during my early twenties and then joined as part of the research team for their 10 year anniversary report. I gained invaluable knowledge and experience from everyone there and insights into the funding world. This role then aligned beautifully with what I was hopeful in pursuing 🙂
What gets me up in the morning: I find alarms too...alarming. My best friends when I was little could only visit at 9am sharp on weekends. Their Dad would drop them off on the way to work, so I have to shout out my well trained body clock! It wakes me up BUT what gets me up is the fact that it is not socially acceptable to lie down all day without reason.
Ask me about: Why everything bad is because of colonisation, Harry Potter, cartoons we barely remember and yummy food that I can’t cook.