About Us

Stand Up For Women is standing up for women's rights - with a heavy emphasis on comedy in the process!

We host comedy galas featuring some of the nation's favourite comedians and run campaigns (often supported by some of the nation's favourite comedians!).

Our buzzing website and social media features alternative role models, alongside women and men who are standing up for women in everyday life.


Our Trustees

Sally Hughes
Sally is an actor/director and has been the artistic director of The Mill at Sonning for the over 20 years. This is the UK’s only theatre to operate without subsidy and the UK’s only theatre to having a working water mill (probably making it the greenest theatre in the country)! Sally has networks with a vast range of performers, artists and agents.
Sally is no stranger to the charity sector, offering her theatre on a regular basis to local charities for fundraising performances and having run for charity twice in the London Marathon.
Jeremy Coutinho
After gaining an MSC, Jeremy became a CAB advisor and then manager. For the last 20 years he has been a manager within a Mental Health Trust, first running a highly specialist Welfare Benefits Team and then overseeing performance for the entire Trust. He now runs one of the first 'Recovery Colleges' in the world - a novel and highly effective system for supporting people with mental health problems. Jeremy served on the management committee of the hugely successful pressure group OBJECT for nearly a decade. Stand Up For Women was his concept - “It’s great to see it coming to fruition like this!”
Adam Rolston
Adam is a writer/director/producer. His first play, a biography of Doris Day (who incidentally experienced domestic violence), toured in London and Los Angeles. He raised private funding to to direct his first film script, 'Meet Me on the Southbank', even gaining exclusive permission to shoot in the BFI (British Film Institute). He is now producing the film of the international best selling book 'A Cat Named Bob'.


Our Director

Dr Sasha Rakoff, Director
Sasha has worked in the women’s voluntary sector for over a decade where she founded and CEOed a highly successful pressure group. She has first-hand experience of setting up and running successful organisations from scratch, including strategic management, fundraising and media relations.
Sasha was voted one of the '100 women of the year', 2010 by One World Action. She has previously helped organisations achieve an Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize, a Government Capacity Builders Award and a Third Sector Charity Award.


Our Volunteers

Stand Up For Women is also supported by a host of amazing volunteers – from our tirelessly working web master, to graphic designers, social media volunteers, researchers, and many more. Thank You!


Our Champions

Dr Linda Papadopoulos
We are thrilled to welcome Dr Linda Papadopoulos as our very first Champion. ‘Dr Linda’ has a huge list of credits to her name – a respected psychologist, honoured by her profession, she works tirelessly in the media to promote healthy relationships. This includes regular columns in Cosmo magazine – reaching an audience of millions of young women - alongside frequent appearances on radio and television.
Baroness Joyce Gould
It is a great honour to have Baroness Joyce Gould as one of our very first Champions. Joyce was formerly Chair of the Women's National Commission and is a long time champion of human rights - associated with numerous women and race rights organisations in particular.
Dr Carrie Pemberton Ford
Carrie is a long time champion of women's rights - she has been a gender advisor to dozens of organisations from the Foreign Office to the CPS, founded and directed several women's charities both here and abroad. She currently not only runs her own consultancy agency but is director of the Cambridge Human Trafficking Research Centre
Rob Castell
Rob is a talented writer, singer and performer and founder of the highly successful, Barbershopera. He has been a huge source of support for Stand Up For Women from our very early days. Here he is performing a song he wrote specially for us!


Our Sponsors

We feel very lucky to be supported by some wonderful companies and individuals: