Elham Asaad Buaras
Tower Hamlets Cabinet Member for Housing and Development, Councillor Rabina Khan, was named ‘Hero of the Year’ at European Diversity Awards on October 2.
Khan, 41, a cabinet member for Housing and Regeneration and author of Ayesha’s Rainbow and Beyond the Veil, won for her engagement in the East End and wider society, both as a Councillor and through her career.
Her support in developing government regeneration initiatives, such as Bethnal Green City Challenge, and her management of education and empowerment projects for women and young girls from ethnic minority communities, were particularly praised.
A statement from the European Diversity Awards said: “Rabina Khan is a truly inspirational Muslim woman who has dedicated her life, both personally and professionally to creating an inclusive and equitable society for all.
“Her particular focus has been on challenging perceptions of Muslim women and advancing the integration of Muslim women into mainstream society across Europe.”
Speaking after the ceremony, Cllr Rabina Khan, said: “I am hugely honoured, humbled and grateful to be recognised at the European Diversity Awards. At a time when there are many who seek to sow division in our societies, the European Diversity Awards is a testament to how much more can be achieved when we stand together.”
The 2014 European Diversity Awards celebrate the individuals that excel in promoting equality and diversity across Europe.
In a statement to The Muslim News Khan said: “I am delighted to have won this prestigious award. Tower Hamlets has a strong, cohesive and thriving community, which has flourished despite some areas of serious deprivation.”
“I will continue to work with all of our diverse communities and do all I can to ensure that our residents have access to the resources they need to prosper.”
Tower Hamlets Mayor, Lutfur Rahman, said: “I am delighted that Councillor Khan has received recognition for making equalities a critical dimension of her work. I extend my congratulations and best wishes to her.”