An Inspirational Event in London


The social initiative emphasised the need to have debates and discussions that will lead to cooperation among the women public at large….reports Asian Lite News


Women Empowered (WE), a social initiative run by volunteers held its event “Engage and Enhance the Debate” which aims to bring speakers to anybody who wishes to hear them.

The speakers of the event included Baroness Flather JP DL FRSA Of Windsor and Maidenhead, Seema Malhotra MP for Feltham and Heston and The Lord Bilimoria of Chelsea.

Reena Ranger, Chairman and Co-founder of WE, explained that the inspiration for the event was the recent EU referendum.

Baroness Shreela Flather
Baroness Shreela Flather

The Baroness Flather of Windsor and Maidenhead took the audience on a whirlwind tour of her life from being a mother, then teacher and then to being elected the first ethnic minority woman councillor in the UK followed by the first Asian woman Mayor in the country in 1986.  She spoke about how the commonalities between people from different communities united them towards common goals and interests. She spoke about knowing and being true to oneself so that one didn’t lose sight of who they are along their life’s path.

She spoke about her most enduring achievement, the construction of the magnificent memorial on Constitution Hill at Hyde Park Corner. This long overdue Memorial commemorates the contribution of nearly 5 million forgotten volunteers from the Indian subcontinent, Africa and the Caribbean in the two World Wars.

Seema Malhotra, elected MP for Feltham and Heston in 2011, spoke of her role in the House of Common and the debates that she is involved in and the sometimes surreal and extraordinary nature of her day.

She emphasised the importance of “knowing thyself” because whichever way one goes in life and the hurdles that come their way can be overcome if you do know thyself, as one will have a sense of purpose and direction that is yours and unique to you. Seema also spoke of women needing to support other women and her work setting up the Fabian Women’s Network, a political education and mentoring scheme.


WE always has a male speaker to ensure a balanced perspective and always have male attendees for a balanced discussion. The male perspective was provided by The Lord Bilimoria who is probably best known as the founder of Cobra Beer. Lord Bilimoria started by reminding the guests that anyone, from anywhere and any background can achieve anything through the story of the President of India whose great achievement grew from very humble beginnings. He added, “The only thing that will stop you from being anywhere you want to be is your own ambition”

Lord Billimoria spoke of his own experiences and taste preferences that lead to the inspiration and processes that lead to Cobra Beer. “Guts”, he said, “set successful entrepreneurs apart, the guts to do it in the first place and the guts to keep going when others would give up”. He said that leaders should be confident and not arrogant; ambitious and humble, they should be “Humbitious!”

He said, “luck is created when determination meets opportunity”.

Reena ended by thanking those exhibiting at the event, Rubina Kapoor, Trouseau Jewels, Kuku B and Amyara face and body oils


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