Chair #Communityangel Nabeelah M Hafeez
Nabeelah is a Research consultant and project coordinator in Bradford. She recently completed a collection of intimate and insightful oral histories, for a collaborative project called Women, Art and Belief, by 3 Faiths Forum and Near Neighbours. Nabeelah is currently working in partnership with the National Literacy Trust Hub, for the Our Stories creative writing and performance poetry programme, which brings together local poets and teachers to help engage pupils with lower literacy levels and foster a love of creative writing.
On The Panel
Marvina Eseoghene Newton is Nigerian born community leader, activist, feminist, and Mother of two, Founder and CEO of Angel of Youths. A charity that aims to lift up young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to help challenge inequality.
Trustee and Shadowing the Chair of Path Yorkshire a Positive Action Training organization addressing the under-representation of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, under the auspices of Leeds City Council
Alison has been involved in local government for 27 years and is a councillor with the Labour Party in Armley, where she lived for 15 years.
Alison has been a well-known campaigner on equal rights and is the chair of the Leeds Domestic Violence Forum that raises awareness of domestic violence against women and children by known men.
Guest speaker Julie Ward MEP
Julie has extensive experience of front-line grassroots work, engaging with people from all walks of life as they try to do their best for their families and their communities often in very challenging circumstances.
Julie is a Labour and Co-operative Party Member of the European Parliament for the North West of England, covering Cumbria, Lancashire, Merseyside, Cheshire and Greater Manchester. As such she is a member of the European Parliamentary Labour Party and, in turn, part of the second largest group in the European Parliament, the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats.
Guest speaker Asma Elbadawi
Born in Sudan and raised in England, Asma Elbadawi is a visual artist and spoken word poet from Bradford. Her work is often a means of exploring her Sudanese heritage, and poetry has been the medium through which she has negotiated dyslexia. She was recently chosen as one of the finalists of the Words First competition, a collaboration between BBC Radio 1Xtra and the Roundhouse. She holds an MA in Visual Arts, and is interested in pursuing the themes of belonging and identity through the interplays between art, performance and the written word.. As an advocate for equality, her work is known to contain elements of feminism and female empowerment