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Monday, 1 July 2019

In July, I was delighted to support Gender Equality Matters launch of Fair Play, the interactive game board created to raise awareness about healthy relationships and domestic abuse. 
Parveen Hassan, and G.E.M.
Fair Play Launch 

Targeted for young people, these two new training tools aimed at  primary and secondary schools, colleges, and professional agencies work through conversations and interaction discussions in a classroom setting. With the Government commitments in ending Domestic Abuse, the innovative game aims to assist and reduce the impact of adverse childhood experiences and save lives. 

For further details on how to access the game, contact Gender Equality Matters.

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Parveen Hassan, 10 Downing Street 
British Muslims and people of Muslim heritage play a vital part to our society and economy so it was a great pleasure to be invited and accept UK Prime Minister, Theresa May Downing Street Eid reception. 

Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, Parveen Hassan, 
Downing Street
The event was to mark Eid al-Fitr. As individuals we make a huge contribution to modern Britain through our selfless voluntary and community service, public service, and as business founders. 

We work to support, encourage and mentor others, it was wonderful to share my work with the  Secretary of State, Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government on the impact British Muslims make. 

The Secretary of State also thanked us for the continuous work we deliver amongst communities across the country on inclusion and diversity. 

Parveen Hassan, and Surwat Sohail, CEO Roshni 
I was delighted to support Roshni to mark its 40 year celebrations conference in tackling domestic abuse, forced marriage and honour based abuse, at the Millenium Point, West Midlands. 

It’s crucial to support the women charity sector and their vital services to address  all forms of violence against women and girls. Roshni is a registered charity, operating for over 30 years is devoted to providing support for South Asian women and their children who have suffered from domestic violence, forced marriage and honour based abuse. 

The refuge supports South Asian women from many countries including: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan, Nepal,  Sri Lanka. The refuge provides safe emergency accommodation, for women and children fleeing these horrific crimes. And assesses the needs and vulnerabilities of abused women and support them from the initial steps of leaving an abusive relationship through to starting a new life in a new home. 

Working with the CEO, and team, the conference consisted of speakers and experts in the field from academia, charities, law enforcement and government. 

Roshni, BCC, Parveen, WMP
The event highlighted collaboration, best practice with strategic partners and front line service providers to further develop an overall West Midlands strategy which provides a co-ordinated response in supporting victims experiencing forced marriage and honour based violence. 

Roshni also aimed to launch a range of new and exciting projects supporting victims of forced marriage and honour based violence including a helpline for referrals. 

Monday, 10 June 2019

Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP
The Centre for Policy Studies announced the publication of 'Britain Beyond Brexit', a collection of essays by 40 leading Conservative politicians, edited by George Freeman MP.

On 10 June 2019, I attended the book launch alongside Conservative supporters, policy makers, media and Think tanks. The thought provoking collection of essays was produced by George Freeman MP and the 2020 Group of Conservative MPs. It collectively sets out a bold new vision for Britain beyond Brexit, with Conservative MP contributors. 

George Freeman MP, Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP,
Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP, Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP
The unique edition explores how a new Conservatism can tackle the challenges the country faces, and secure the next generation of voters. 

The collection includes essays by many of those who will shape the Conservatives’ future, including Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, the Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, the Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP and the Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP. Three of which included key influencers as Conservative senior figures currently running for the Conservative Party leadership contest. 

Parveen, Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP
Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP, Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, the Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP and the Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP spoke at its launch near Houses of Parliament.

The book also featured a foreword from the Rt Hon Ruth Davidson MSP, the leader of the Scottish Conservatives on the Tory renewal said, “Britain is stuck. The Brexit impasse has paralysed Parliament and Government. The public is watching on with dismay at the impact this is having on the country’s reputation."

Parveen & Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP
In the link below, you can read the interesting article written by the Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP on “Global Britain, the Great Partnership.” https://capx.co/global-britain-the-great-partnership/ 

'Britain beyond Brexit' can be purchased on Amazon. 

Friday, 22 March 2019

Many faith leaders and communities were united for the Bahu Trust memorial service on Friday after prayers in solidarity with members of the Muslim communities. 

Many struggled to contemplate the atrocities of the victims in New Zealand and marked their condolences through prayers. 

Thursday, 21 March 2019

On 21 March 2019, The Business Desk annual Masters Awards with the region’s businesses took place. The event attracts key influencers, decision makers, business owners and senior managers from a wide range of companies and business sectors.
It was a pleasure joining Art Business Loans, one of the main sponsors. Other sponsors included Aston University. 12 awards were presented on the evening, including two new awards – Family Business of the Year and Property Business of the Year. Short list included: Conference Aston for Innovation and Park Regis Birmingham for Investment.  

An award was also presented to the Ambassador of the Year whom played an instrumental part in marking the region to thrive. 

Thursday, 14 March 2019

On 8 March 2019, globally people celebrated International Women’s Day. The aim to raise awareness and bring about change for a more gender-balanced world. The campaign Balance For Better reminded all the impact a gender balanced world is a better world.

International Women's Day celebrations, Nishkam Centre

Many women campaigned to champion the cause and recognised the long journey women have progressed on equality. We discussed the further work needed to create a more gender-balanced world.  Nishkam centre hosted its own IWD celebrations on 14 March with diverse women across the West Midlands for a successful International Women's Day event. 

Speakers included women from the academic, voluntary and community sector. It was a great evening of celebrations. Women pledged to empower other women and expand their own networks with inclusive leaders and some of the West Midlands Deputy Lieutenants in attendance.