Women power: Co-founder Reena Ranger at the launch of Women Empowered
A SPECIAL initiative which aims to empower women by helping them recognise their talents and achieve their goals was launched in London on May 24.
Prominent women from the world of politics, business and the entertainment industry shared inspirational, personal stories at the first meeting of Women Empowered.
Keynote speaker Baroness Sandip Verma, the minister for women and equalities and cabinet office whip, pledged her support to inspire women who do not have easy access to professional networks.
Baroness Verma said the launch of Women Empowered showed that there was work to be done to ensure that women got a fair deal.
‘No society can move forward whilst treating more than half of its population as unequal,’ the peer said.
Chairwoman and co-founder of the initiative, Reena Ranger, paid tribute to her late grandmother, who was widowed at the age of 35 with eight children aged from a newborn to 16 years.
‘While the world around her encouraged her to put her children in a care home, my grandmother started teaching and became a headmistress. She raised her children at home and made them all assets to society,’ Reena said. ‘My family today is a family because of her.’
Co-founder Mona Remtulla said Women Empowered aimed to provide women with a platform and a network where they could find support, mentoring and inspiration to reach their goals.
Among those who attended the launch were the mayor of Amersham, councillor Mimi Harker OBE; Seema Malhotra MP; MOBO Awards founder Kanya King MBE; brand ambassador of Patak’s food Anjali Pathak; Nina Amin, diversity ambassador at KPMG; author Alpesh B Patel and television presenter Tasmin Lucia-Khan.
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