MORE ASIAN WOMEN URGED TO LEAD BLACKBURN
One Voice and Leader of BwD Borough Council Mohammed Khan are urging more women to come forward to represent local constituents as councillors from the South Asian heritage community.
Councillor Khan visited the One Voice Women’s Network to speak about his hopes to over a dozen ladies from the community. Discussions included the types of barriers and social challenges from within the South Asian heritage community which prevent some women from coming forward.
Some of the women suggested that their priorities included the welfare of children and families and that could dissuade women from exploring leadership roles.
Councillor Khan indicated that female leaders were prominent in places like India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, but not locally. Although there are female Asian councillors in Burnely, Accrington and Chorley, there are none in Blackburn, although there are over a dozen male Asian councillors in the area.
One Voice is committed to endorsing female empowerment and female leadership. One Voice will work with the Council to ensure all sections of the community are represented. Further workshops, meetings and mentoring sessions will take place over the coming months to encourage women from the South Asian heritage community to consider becoming councillors.
Lead of One Voice Women’s Network, Saaleha Patel said,
“We had an inspiring morning with the privilege of having Councillor Khan speaking to the ladies about female leadership and encouraging them to come forward as potential candidates as local councillors.
“The Leader of the Council inspired many ladies to break the mould in a male dominated territory in a bid to make a difference to the Blackburn with Darwen community.”