Muslim Women’s Council on Wednesday 27th November celebrated their 10 year anniversary and paid tribute to many of those who have been part of their journey. They also welcomed on board new members including Dr. Myriam Francois (well known broadcaster, writer and academic), Shabnam Khan (vocalist & tutor), and Kehkshan Ahmed (Solicitor, LPS Solicitors).
MWC’s core team consists of eight Muslim women who have dedicated the past 10 years to empowering women. Their dedication and passion to the organisation’s vision has been instrumental in their continued progression and success.
The event heard from powerful international speaker Dr Hany El-Banna OBE – the co-founder of Islamic Relief, the largest Western-based international Muslim relief and development NGO. He commented on the positive ways in which MWC had impacted the lives of communities and served to empower Muslim women. Lord Mayor of Bradford, Doreen Lee, also spoke of the wealth of knowledge and inspiration MWC has and looked forward to their future work.
The evening profiled MWC’s work over the last 10 years, highlighting their annual conference ‘Daughters of Eve’, a variety of seminars and fundraising events, and an evening with Jon Snow, who sent the MWC a personal congratulatory message. The evening also recognised the efforts of the volunteers who gave their time for the Curry Circle feeding the vulnerable and homeless in Bradford as well as providing hot food, support and solidarity.
Recognising the work of many individuals who have been part of the 10 year journey, MWC honoured many with awards. PC Fiz Ahmed was presented with an award for her services to the community, and local business MyLahore were also honoured with an award for their ongoing support to the Curry Circle.