Celebrating inspirational women and girls from Slough

Published: 12 November 2018

Members of Slough Youth Parliament (SYP) are inviting the community to nominate an inspirational female from Slough to be part of a special portrait exhibition.

Whether it’s a family member, teacher, colleague or friend who has inspired or left an impression on you, residents are encouraged to put forward individuals of all ages to share their stories, as well as have their chance to be included in the exhibition, which will feature 100 women and girls.

The portraits will be captured at the free Women Leading Women event, taking place at The Curve on Saturday 17 November (between 11.30am and 2pm). The day aims to showcase the achievements of women and girls from the borough.

As well as shining a spotlight on these deserving females, there will be the opportunity for attendees to network over lunch and come together to mark the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918; which gave all men, and some women, the right to vote for the first time.

This event, which is for females only, is being organised in conjunction with the council and Slough based human rights charity Jeena International.

Alaa Fawaz, chairwoman of SYP and Women Leading Women, said: “We have organised Women Leading Women in the hope of recognising as many females as possible, and finding the unsung inspirational women in our community.

“The aim of the event is to showcase the women of Slough, past, present and future.

“Female empowerment is very important to me. Being inspired and inspiring other females is key to encouraging young women to achieve their dreams, especially in the political sphere.

“I am surrounded by hard-working and inspirational women who motivate me in every aspect of my life, so leading this event means I can finally give back and use this as an opportunity to recognise the women who make or have made a positive impact in Slough.

“What better way to celebrate the women of our community and the centenary of women's suffrage!”

Councillor Shabnum Sadiq, cabinet member for children and education, said: “It is 100 years since women gained the right to vote, a milestone which did not come without its struggles.

“Today women across Slough continue to make positive contributions in our community, whether they’re making waves in leadership roles or working tirelessly in the background as unsung heroes.

“I cannot recommend enough that you take this unique opportunity to nominate a female who has made an impact on you. If you know someone who deserves some recognition for their efforts, please do put them forward!”

To attend the Women Leading Women event, book your place through Eventbrite.

For more information, contact Alaa Fawaz: alaa.fawaz@hotmail.co.uk