THEIR STORY

Rushna Miah

Chair/Treasurer

Current Chair and Co- founder of HAWA. Previous role was as Vice chair and Secretary . Professional role working as Housing Officer for local authority and qualified interpreter. PTTLs trained to teach adult learning. Worked as a qualified Generalist advisor for the Citizens Advice Bureau. Extensive knowledge and experience in community work attained over the vast number of years.

Zia Kiani

Vice Chair//Treasurer

I joined HAWA in 2016 and have enjoyed my time since. I am currently the vice chair and acting treasurer. I regularly work at the hub and also do outreach work. I am a bilingual teaching assistant at Mandeville School. HAWA has been a great way to both help the community and meet new people. I also work very closely with the Islamic Centre and do a lot of Charity work outside of HAWA.

Sufia Ali

Executive Member

I joined HAWA for a couple of years now. I am a Bilingual Teaching Assistant currently working at Cunningham Hill Infants, I’ve been working there for many years supporting pupils and parents in my local community. I joined the HAWA team having seen the amazing work they do in developing the community and thought why not stretch that love of mine by helping people outside of my school community.

Sabina Mostafa

Executive Member

I joined HAWA as I strongly think the ongoing projects are a vital step in developing our community group and I hope see more successful outcome in our future projects. I am a Management Graduate (University of London) and the experience of working as an Inward Investment Officer and Reconciliation Analyst has helped me in my role at looking for funding support for HAWA.

Rafina Suffee

Executive Member

I have been an executive member of HAWA for a few years now. My aim is to support the association by participating in fundraising events including Oxfam Herts Hike where the money raised was given to poor countries. In addition, I also participate in the activities of Saheli Tiffin Club which runs at St Luke Church on a weekly basis.

Touria Oulhat

Tiffin Club Project coordinator

I joined the Tiffin Club in March 2018 and have not looked back since. Coming from an IT and Pharmaceutical background the Tiffin Club is a far cry from the corporate world. However it does not come without its own challenges and rewards. It's a great place to work, always something going on that puts a smile on your face.

Farhat Zia

Executive member

Co-Founder member of HAWA Vice chair 2009-2012 and chair of HAWA from 2012 -2016, over 25 years’ experience working Voluntary organisation from grassroots to national and international level including representing UKAWC at the United Nations 2004-2007. Worked in a number of leadership roles to inspire and unite the Asian Women in our community. Professionally qualified Youth and Community worker and Connexion personal Adviser working with young people for Hertfordshire County Council.

Zaitun Sadikali

Executive member

After 30 years of full-time work at multinational and professional companies in London and locally, I decided to fulfil my wish to help the community. HAWA's ethos influenced me to help empower, inspire and motivate local elderly Asian ladies. My voluntary work also includes assisting Oxfam, St Albans and Diabetes UK headquarters.

Mubin Mohammed

Executive Member

I am retired now but used to teach in Uganda where I was born and raised. You all know my mum Habiba, who was a remarkable loving lady. We arrived in England as refugees and I ended up running a takeaway shop with my husband. I love doing pottery and ceramics, and I also work part time in charity shops.

Rahena Chowdhury

Secretary

I am secretary to the chair of HAWA and a busy mum who is also studying to get back into a career and make an achievement in life.

Sadia Sharif

Sessional Worker

Shanaz Shama

Sessional Worker

OUR OBJECTIVES

Our core objectives are to promote education, employment, training as well as guidance. We strive to work towards the advancement of women and promote human rights and gender equalities through the following:

To inform, advise and involve BAME Women on issues that affect them.

  • To undertake a programme of activities to meet the needs of Women; arrange professional trainers to facilitate empowerment training, to all members and outside bodies or organisations working towards the aims and objectives.
  • To work towards a society based on the principles of social justice, equal rights and opportunities for all.
  • To support the claim of every citizen to the right to enjoy basic civil rights and freedom. 
  • To value each and every member contribution.
  • To enable Women to take an effective part in the development of their day to day lives in the United Kingdom.
  • HAWA is a platform for women to voice their opinions to statutory and voluntary organisations.
  • To obtain and provide advice to women on education, health, employment, housing, welfare, domestic violence, forced marriage, gender equality and any other issues that discriminate women in the UK.
  • To enable women to develop their self-confidence, enable them to seek knowledge through education, voluntary work and gain skills in their chosen areas.

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OUR OBJECTIVES

Our core objectives are to promote education, employment, training as well as guidance. We strive to work towards the advancement of women and promote human rights and gender equalities through the following:

To inform, advise and involve BAME Women on issues that affect them.

  • To undertake a programme of activities to meet the needs of Women; arrange professional trainers to facilitate empowerment training, to all members and outside bodies or organisations working towards the aims and objectives.
  • To work towards a society based on the principles of social justice, equal rights and opportunities for all.
  • To support the claim of every citizen to the right to enjoy basic civil rights and freedom. 
  • To value each and every member contribution.
  • To enable Women to take an effective part in the development of their day to day lives in the United Kingdom.
  • HAWA is a platform for women to voice their opinions to statutory and voluntary organisations.
  • To obtain and provide advice to women on education, health, employment, housing, welfare, domestic violence, forced marriage, gender equality and any other issues that discriminate women in the UK.
  • To enable women to develop their self-confidence, enable them to seek knowledge through education, voluntary work and gain skills in their chosen areas.

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