Meet the team

Bride price traps women in relationships that they cant get out from


Dr Ravi K. Thiara Chair Board of Trustees MIFUMI UK

Dr Ravi Thiara is an Associate Professor in Sociology at the University of Warwick and was previously Director of the Centre for the Study of Safety and Well-being (SWELL), a centre specialising in research on violence against women and children (VAWC) and on marginalised communities. Exploring and theorising the intersection of major social divisions is central to her work. She is a highly experienced and respected researcher who has conducted extensive research at national and international level, with a particular focus on violence against women and children. This includes research in Uganda. Ravi has a particular expertise in gendered violence and black and minoritised communities and has worked with many women’s organisations, providing much needed evidence to improve policy and practice. She teaches on these issues and has published widely, works with practitioners/services to strengthen practice, and provides research and evaluation, training and management support/coaching to a wide range of organisations.

Dr Atuki Turner Executive Director MIFUMI

Dr Atuki Turner the Executive Director of MIFUMI, a Womens’ rights and development agency that she co- founded in Uganda and UK in 1995. Atuki is a women’s rights activist, with a legal and gender background who has employed her skills and expertise working to end violence against women and children both nationally and internationally. She is well known for her campaign on Bride Price as a human rights issue, which secured a landmark ruling when the Supreme Court of Uganda outlawed Bride Price in 2015. Atuki worked as National Refuge Development Officer for the Women’s Aid Federation of England (WAFE) before founding MIFUMI. She also worked as the Africa Co-ordinator for the Amnesty International campaign to end VAWG. She has received several national and international awards for her work, including the prestigious Ashoka Fellowship, USA. Atuki has developed manuals on violence against women and delivers training on the subject to women’s organisations, development and government agencies. Atuki also devotes her time to creative writing and her film What Price Bride Price can be found on You Tube.

Jackie Wacha – Secretary

Jackie graduated from Makerere University with a degree in Law and Post Grad diploma in Legal Practice. She subsequently completed her Masters in Human Rights with a Distinction at London Metropolitan University. Jackie worked for ten years with an inner city local authority, and left to become a founding member of the Alice Labol Foundation, a charity set up in both the UK and Uganda: In the UK to work with troubled young people who were
isolated and at risk of offending and in Uganda to promote the welfare of women and children primarily affected by the war in Northern Uganda. Jackie has also worked for Refugee Action as an immigration caseworker. She is passionate about promoting the welfare of and access to human rights for women and children.

Perry M Lucas – Treasurer

Perry Lucas is employed by the Department for Work and Pension  as  Disability Employment Adviser. She has been working with the Department since 1992 to date. During her tenure with the Department has also held responsibilities in the positions of  Implementation Manager (01/11/2007 to 31/10/2008) and Welfare to Work Co-ordinator (01/09/200 to 30/10/2007). Perry has extensive management and human resource experience and has undergone training in various management areas including human resource, Data Protection and confidentiality, and Diversity and Equality.

Perry has in the past worked as a Solicitor’s Clerk, a Research Assistant, a Teaching Assistant and Retail Assistant. She is currently studying part time to for a Graduate Diploma in Law.

1990:               LLM: London School of Economics, University of London. 1990

1987 – 1988:   Diploma in Legal Practice: The Law Development Centre Kampala, Uganda.

1984 – 1987:   LLB:  Makerere University Kampala Uganda 1987

Arlene Manyange – Committee Member

Arlene is a Senior Consultant within the Consulting Practice at Arup. She has significant experience, gained mainly within the UK healthcare sector and has led & delivered on a wide range of projects including change management, transition programmes, service and process improvement.

Prior to joining Arup, Arlene worked at the London Specialised Commissioning Group (now part of NHS England) as a Commissioning and Project Manager where she commissioned specialised services for children and adults from providers in the NHS and the private sector. She negotiated & managed contracts on behalf of 31 London PCTs and was also Coordinating Commissioner for an internationally recognised mental health provider.

Arlene is a PRINCE2 certified Project Manager and holds a Master of Science degree in Financial Management (Distinction).