On 8 March 2022, the Ahmadi Muslim Women’s Student Association celebrated International Women’s Day at the University of Bradford. Sixty women and five guest speakers were present:
Professor Udy Archibong – Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing
Juliette Atkinson – Director of IT at the University of Bradford
Leila Taleb, Barrister at Park Square Barristers
Usha Parmar – Chief Executive at Sunrise radio
Mufleha Saleem Ahmad – Doctoral Student and Academy Teacher
The event was centred around breaking the bias and overcoming stereotypes. This could be by empowering women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), encouraging more women to take on managerial and directorial roles, striving to close the gender pay gap, or breaking cultural stereotypes and biases against British Asian and Muslim Women. All the guest speakers shared their personal experiences and aspirations on how women can achieve more in society.
Mrs Mufleha Saleem Ahmad, a member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, gave an introduction to the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad. She presented photographs of The London Mosque, highlighting that it was the first Mosque built in the UK in 1926, mainly from the contributions of women in India. She also spoke about her voluntary work in a refugee camp in Syria and at schools in Africa.