Mariam has extensive campaigning experience within the UK both professionally and as a member of local campaigning groups (particularly the London feminist movement). She previously worked at Mind, the UK's leading mental health charity, developing mental health services policy and running national campaigns on numerous issues including access to psychological therapies and men's mental health. Before this she worked at Help the Aged (now Age UK) and was involved in the award-winning Just Equal Treatment campaign that successfully led to the outlawing of age discrimination in the UK. In addition, she has worked in a consultancy role at the Fawcett Society (the UK’s major feminist organization), running a project to improve the organization's campaigning and communications. She holds an MA in Human Rights Law from the School of Oriental and African Studies, a BA in English Literature from Cambridge University and has published a number of articles in a range of publications, including the Journal of Human Rights Practice.