Congratulations to our founder Rafaat Mughal on her OBE!

Rafaat has spent her entire life dedicated to the cause of empowering and educating women from BAMER (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee) and disadvantaged backgrounds.


In 1989, after an already distinguished and varied career as a teacher, presenter, researcher and politician, Rafaat founded JAN Trust to provide education and support to grassroots disadvantaged women. Rafaat had noticed that without key skills such as English language and knowledge of the UK system and culture, many women in London were finding it difficult to fully participate in the local community or mainstream society, and found themselves isolated and lonely. She saw that women’s social, economic and civic exclusion leaves them vulnerable to abuse.

Over the past two decades, JAN Trust have educated, equipped and empowered over 50,000 women and young people to actively improve their own lives and that of their community. By equipping women with the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to challenge barriers to inclusion and self-fulfilment we help ensure long-term, sustainable, grass-roots change.


About JAN Trust

JAN Trust ( is a multi award winning not for profit organisation formed in the late 1980′s. We are based in London and cater for women and youth from disadvantaged and marginalised communities. Our work and services are delivered locally, nationally and internationally. Our aim is to create positive and active citizens of society by educating, empowering and encouraging women and youth. We are dedicated to the cause of combating poverty, discrimination, abuse and social exclusion among Black, Asian, minority ethnic, refugee and asylum seeking (BAMER) women. JAN Trust is making a real difference in improving the lives of communities; promoting human and women's rights as well as community cohesion. We provide a range of services and our work has been recognised by a variety of dignitaries. Check out our website for statements from some of our supporters:
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