Karen Ingala Smith is Chief Executive of nia, an East London based charity providing services for women, girls and children who have experienced sexual and domestic violence.
Under Karen’s leadership, nia has maintained an undaunted feminist commitment to ending male violence. During an unfavourable economic climate, Karen has built upon nia’s reputation for innovative and creative ways of responding to the needs of the women and children it serves and become a highly regarded organisation championing an integrated approach to addressing all forms of male violence.
Karen is co-creator of The Femicide Census with Women’s Aid (England), supported by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and Deloitte LLP. The census is a ground breaking project enabling the monitoring and analysis of men’s fatal male violence against women, providing valuable data with the aim of contributing to the reduction of the number of women killed by men. She has also been recording and commemorating UK women killed by men since January 2012 in a campaign called Counting Dead Women.
With over 26 years’ experience in the women’s sector which encompasses frontline delivery, and operational and strategic management, she is a leader in feminist-informed service provision. Karen is a doctoral candidate on men’s fatal violence against women. She blogs (less frequently since starting her PhD) at kareningalasmith.com.
Karen Ingala Smith has been counting and commemorating women killed by men in the UK since 2012. She makes the case for a connected analysis across all forms of violence against women and explains how a feminist activist project can influence change.
Do you dream about changing the world? In charity fundraising we have the chance to do that every day – and we do it by telling stories, inspiring supporters, and campaigning for a better future. But let’s not kid ourselves. We work in a challenging sector and it can be hard sometimes to remember the difference we make.
Ivana Bacik, Sean Farell, Karen Ingala Smith, Simone Joyaux and Abi Wilkinson are all helping to change the world we live in – through politics, campaigning, activism and writing. Join them to discuss how we encourage grit and persistence in the non-profit sector, as we take time to listen to each other’s stories, celebrate our successes and fight harder for a better world.