For the launch of our Break the Glass series, we will be joined by the Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC.
As the only woman to have been appointed Secretary-General of Commonwealth she is placing special emphasis on mobilising the 54 nations of the Commonwealth to tackle climate change – including its disproportionate impact on women – and, through women’s enterprise, to build the resilience of smaller or more vulnerable countries. Eliminating domestic violence and violence against women and girls is another area of focus.
The Naz Legacy Foundation and Rising Girl, will be launching their ‘Break the Glass’ virtual series on Wednesday 1st July 2020. These weekly ted style talks with trailblazers from different sectors catered for young people 15-18, will feature role models who have faced prejudice, abuse, misogyny, mental illness and challenged discrimination throughout their careers and are able to articulate their stories to inspire young people across the world, during these unprecedented and challenging times. The webinar series will be open to all but with a particular focus on young people from black and ethnic minority communities. We currently have the following speakers confirmed for the series,
We’re thrilled to announce that the Prime Minister has appointed our founder and trustee, Harris Bokhari OBE, to the Natural History Museum Board of Trustees.
Following his appointment, Harris had the following to say “I am delighted to be joining the Natural History Museum as a trustee. The museum is a true national treasure, home to one of the world’s most important natural history collections, with a crucial mandate to educate on some of our most prescient global issues. I am looking forward to doing all I can to bring the awe-inspiring experience of visiting the Natural History Museum to new audiences. I personally have so many fond memories of roaming the Museum as a child and getting lost in the new worlds it exposed to me. Sadly for many other children of BAME backgrounds this is has not been the case. Therefore, one of my personal priorities will be to ensure that the Museum continues to reach out to diverse audiences, so that we can all equally share in its joy and wonder. Being the currently the only British born Muslim trustee of a major British Museum just shows how far we have to go to achieve adequate BAME representation in the leadership of British cultural institutions. These institutions play such an important role in helping our society connect with their heritage. Having governance teams who reflect the realities of contemporary, diverse Britain will be an important step towards achieving that.”
Over 75,000 people took part in the Naz Legacy virtual iftars series during Ramadan via Zoom, Facebook and Muslim media channels in the UK. The events organised by the Naz Legacy Foundation brought together for the first time all the UK’s major faith leaders including Archbishop of Canterbury, Cheif Rabbi, Cardinal Nichols and Bishop of London and Imam Mahmoud, the Hero Imam from the Mosque terror attack in Finsburys Park, all at one iftar as well HRH Prince of Wales and leading members of the Government and Opposition including Sadiq Khan Mayor of London, Dominic Raab Foreign Secretary, Keir Starmer Leader of the Opposition, Matt Hancock Heath Secretary, Liz Truss Secretary of State for International Trade, Oliver Dowden DCMS Secretary, Brandon Lewis Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Suella Braverman Attorney General, Amanda Millings Conservative Party Chairman and Andy Burnham Mayor of Greater Manchester.
The Naz Legacy Iftars is the largest virtual iftars in the UK and have had a number of the leading UK stakeholders and experts attending including over 50 MPs and Lords, more than 72 panelists represented all faiths and none.The series of iftars were launched on the first day of Ramadan on Friday on 24th May with HRH Prince of Wales and Matt Hancock, Health Secretary in which just under 12,000 people took part.
Naz Legacy Foundation is hosting a special Virtual Iftar with UK’s leading faith leaders including contributions from the Archbishop of Canterbury, Chief Rabbi Mirvis and Cardinal Nichols and Hero Imam, Imam Mahmoud.
On Saturday 2nd May 2020, we will be hosting a #RamadanAtHome #MoreInCommon Virtual Iftar in collaboration with the Jo Cox Foundation.
The programme will include specially written poetry from the Batley Poets, and a showcase of artwork from children across the country, on the theme of ‘celebrating everything we have in common’ and ‘my favourite meal for breaking the fast’. We’ll also be joined by guest speaker Baroness Diana Barran, Minister for Loneliness, and an expert panel to discuss their experience of community building in times of crisis.
On Friday 24th April 2020, Naz Legacy Foundation in partnership with the Mosaic Initiative hosted a special Virtual Iftar with contributions from His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, well as the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP and US Ambassador to the UK, Ambassador Woody Johnson. D
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