“We are here today because we want to galvanise your views and voices and represent Cardiff.” Shahien Taj OBE
On the 19th of February 2018, Change the Script went to Cardiff Town Hall for its third forum supported by the Welsh Government. Hosts Shahien Taj OBE and Shreen Williams MBE from the Henna Foundation, Shavanah Taj PCS Welsh Secretary and Julie Morgan AM gave their support on the day with speeches and helping to facilitate the workshops.
The day started with introductions from the hosts and members of the Change the Script team. Commissioner Humera Khan, Parliamentary Advisor Mumtaz Bashir Hanid and Chair Baroness Uddin from the National Commission on Muslim Women gave opening speeches. Their words were inspiring and certainly set the tone for the rest of the day, as the women got stuck in with workshops and networking.
“Women have been breaking the glass ceilings not just today but from 30 to 40 years ago, we need to acknowledge this when we talk about women achievements.” Humera Khan
There were two breakout sessions of the day. In the first the women had a chance to discuss self-identity and the other about leadership and development. They were able to debate, discuss and come up with a number of ideas to challenge some of the themes related to both workshop sessions. Independence was amongst one of the many topics the women spoke about. One expressed “[they] want independence but at the same time there is a need to manage expectations they may have at home, work or because of their identity.”
“We need to feel we are not alone, we have got to recognise there are other women out there and support one another. All this work we are doing for Change the Script is for the next generation.” Mumtaz Bashir Hanid
Our photographer Nasreen Shaikh Jamal Al Lail also got started working on her brief of photographing participating women which will be used for Change the Scripts national photographic exhibition later this year. By being together at this forum, the women were able to establish networks amongst themselves to bring about a sense of independence.
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