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Sanchita Hosali

Sanchita joined BIHR in 2008 and has held various roles within the organisation, primarily in policy, public affairs and campaigning, whilst championing the charity’s practice-based work. She took up post as Director in 2018, with a role change to CEO in 2022.

Sanchita is a recognised expert in human rights and equality law, policy and practice, with over twenty years of working both in the UK and internationally.

What Sanchita brings to BIHR

  • Strategic leadership and management of the organisation, with a keen eye on the intersections between policy and practice on human rights and the importance of lived experience in informing positive social change.

  • Expertise in human rights law, particularly the Human Rights Act, and what practical application beyond the courts means for people in their everyday lives.

  • Engagement of leaders in the voluntary sector and public bodies to increase their legal literacy and support positive rights-based practice within organisations.

  • Experienced public speaker, regularly providing commentary in media, devolved and Westminster parliaments, European Committees and Commissioners, and at various UN forums.

  • Particular expertise in addressing violence against women as a human rights issue, both with the UK and internationally.

Prior to working at BIHR, Sanchita has been an academic and freelance researcher, and led policy and strategy development in a variety of positions and organisations including Nottingham University, SOAS, Greater London Domestic Violence Project (Mayor of London’s Domestic Violence Strategy), Matrix Chambers, and Rights of Women. Sanchita has previously worked on human rights in the United Nations system, both at the New York Secretariat and the World Health Organisation in Geneva.

Sanchita is a Trustee of the Centre for Women's Justice and was previously the Chair of Rights of Women, a national women’s legal organisation, overseeing the organisation's constitution as a charity.

Sanchita holds an LLM Human Rights Law from the University of Nottingham and an LLB in Law (Hons) from the University of Newcastle. In 2015 Newcastle Law School invited Sanchita to participate in their first Inspirational Women of the Law programme.

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