The UCL Centre for Gender, Health and Social Justice

Asma Ashraf

Asma Ashraf

Asma Ashraf


Research Nurse

Institute for Global Health, Infection & Population Health

Asma Ashraf is a registered nurse working in HIV and sexual health research at UCL in London.  She is a tutor at the UCL Medical School and has delivered an innovative module on gender based violence focusing specifically on domestic violence, forced marriage and so called honour based violence.  Asma teaches medical students about these topics and wants all health professionals to be able to support those facing forced marriage and honour based abuse. She trained as a nurse at City University's School of Health Sciences and has over 18 years of nursing experience working with ‘at risk’ populations facing forced marriage, honour based abuse, sexual crime, Trans* health, sex workers, gangs and youth offenders.  She completed an MSc in Public Health in 2011, where her research explored forced marriage as a public health issue. Asma is currently co-leading the development of a forced marriage research network at UCL. She has organised events at UCL using creative methods to raise the profile of gender inequality and gender based violence through film and theatre.

Selected Papers

Nurse-delivered universal point-of-care testing for HIV in an open-access returning traveler clinic, HIV Medicine, Volume 13, Issue 8, pages 499–504, September 2012.  With Dr Rachel Herbert et al.

Forced Marriage and Health, Diversity & Equality in Health and Care, 12(3): 89-92, 2015


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