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British Muslim Women’s contribution to our society

Robina Iqbal has worked as a community worker for many years, with Birmingham City Council. Robina is married to Maz Iqal and they have three children.

As a community worker, she has worked with some of the most deprived communities that face many challenges on a variety of issues .

Her work involves working with women, children and vulnerable adults around education, health, confidence building, leisure/social activities and citizenship.

Some of her projects where aimed at specific target groups to encourage participation, like Muslim women.

She noticed that they did not access many of the services so where not being consulted or engaged about important issues that would affect them.

Robina was instrumental in this area and used various methods to encourage these women to take up activities that were educational or recreational, in an environment that was culturally sensitive and met their needs.

She also helped to set up the Playgroup in the area,which is now a popular pre-school nursery providing quality care at a decent price to women in that area.

Along side this work she has done projects in: Mental Health. Capacity Building for community organisations. Ward Development work, Consulting with NHS on community engagement .

Robina is very passionate about her work in the community and also does a lot of voluntary work to help women and children.

She is chair of Sparkhill Asian Women Association and Vice Chair of Muslim Womens Network UK, Board member of  WAITS (Women Acting In Today’s Society) former chair of WAITS Policy Forum and until recently she was a Board member of Groundwork UK where she was involved in shaping a strategy for them to look into their equality policy and its implementation throughout the organization.

She has also mentored with the MOSAIC project which supports young people in education and gives them the tools to aspire and achieve.Over the two years she has mentored sixth form  girls at a local school and a mothers and daughter project at a local primary school.

Nationally,she is also a member of the CEDAW Steering Committee in London (Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women). She is also a member of the FRA (Fundamental Rights Agency) in Europe and was one of the final candidates to stand for election to the advisory board.

Robina’s work and voluntary experience is valued by organisations that are looking to engage with women and children, especially muslim women.These have included government, local authorities, NHS, local groups like the police, neighbourhood forums. She was invited to No 10 Downing Street when Tony Blair was Prime Minister to be part of a consultation around muslim women.

Robina have received two prestigious awards for her volunteering activities in the community. One was from  Women In Cultures as part of the British Asian Hafta and the other was from WAITS. Robina was invited to Brussels and Vienna to see how  European politics play a role in our lives here in the UK.

Muslim Women Network UK are celebrating the contribution made by Muslim women in our society by holding an award ceremony in June 2012.

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