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Professor Fareda Banda featured in Phenomenal Women: Portraits of UK Black Female Professors exhibition

9 March 2020

Professor Fareda Banda BL, LLB, DPhil, Professor of Law, has been featured as one of 40 phenomenal women being celebrated in the first ever photographic exhibition to honour Britain's black female professors.

The exhibition, Phenomenal Women: Portraits of UK Black Female Professors, features portraits of 40 professors across a broad range of subjects including law, medicine, creative writing and sociology. 

It was researched and curated by Dr Nicola Rollock, Reader in Equity & Education at Goldsmiths, University of London, who has been examining the career experiences and strategies of black female professors at UK higher education establishments over the past three years. 

Phenomenal Women: Portraits of UK Black Female Professors, aims to highlight the presence and excellence of all the women included and provide a platform for debate about what it takes to reach this highest level of academic scholarship. The 40 women have all been professors at some point over the past three years.

The portraits were taken by photographer Bill Knight OBE, who travelled across England and Wales to capture the images. They will be unveiled at law firm Paul Hastings as part of International Women’s Day celebrations. They will be open to the public from March 18th, 2020 when they go on display at London’s City Hall until March 31st, 2020.

About Professor Fareda Banda

Professor Fareda Banda was born and raised in Zimbabwe and attended Oxford University on a Beit Fellowship. She teaches English family law, human rights of women and law and society in Africa. Professor Banda writes on women’s rights, family law, and, more recently, law and literature.

She has been invited to teach in many universities including, Onati, Oslo, Harare, Kampala, Strasbourg, Bayreuth, Pretoria, Oxford, Cambridge, LSE and Zaragoza and was appointed a Hauser Global Visiting Professor by New York University in 2009 and 2014. She loves to teach.

Professor Banda sits on several academic journal boards.

She has been commissioned to produce reports for agencies including the United Nations, the Namibian Ministry of Justice and Minority Rights Group. She believes strongly in the importance of working with civil society organisations and is currently a trustee of Sisters for Change, and a member of the Human Rights Watch policy committee as well as the advisory committee of Human Rights Watch Africa.

Her greatest joy comes from her family, including two daughters, Azera and Shamiso.

She quotes Anne Enright: “There is no book more interesting than a child.” (Well, maybe, Matilda, Malory Towers and Maya Angelou).

Find out more about Phenomenal Women: Portraits of UK Black Female Professors.

Professor Fareda Banda, © Bill Knight
Professor Fareda Banda, © Bill Knight