LEADING SOUTH ASIAN WOMEN
Compiled by Lopa Patel, (8 April 2004).
off by a remark made by Dame Anne McLaren, who thought that the
Queen's reception for women high-flyers held on March 10 2004 at
Buckingham Palace had "too high a proportion of white faces
and should have been more multicultural", here is a list of
Britain's Leading South Asian Women. There
are no gongs for being included in this list, no awards to collect,
many of the women on this list may consider it a curse at being
so singled out. But
there are so few comprehensive databases of leading South Asian
women that many of Britain's organisations remain a little nonplussed
as to who exactly are - to use a hackneyed term - "the movers
and shakers" among British South Asian women.
criteria for entry on this list are simple, age and wealth are immaterial
you have to be a female of South Asian descent, resident in the
you have to be a pioneer, a leader, challenging and resetting
the boundaries in your field, be it on television, in the media,
in government or in education.
have to be at Director/Partner Level in Corporate Britain or a
business leader in your market sector.
you have to be nominated by another South Asian woman.
UK focus has led to some notable exclusions from the list. Dhaljit
Dhaliwal, the well-known news anchor for CNN International, who
was born in London, has been excluded because she now lives in Atlanta
(USA) but the media industry is well represented overall. The only
exceptions to the geographic rule are Parminder Nagra, star of 'Bend
it Like Beckham' who is currently in the USA filming for hit TV
show 'ER' and Madhur Jaffrey, who is a New York resident. Jaffrey,
however, is well recognized as being the "Queen of Curry"
for her cookbooks and TV programmes for the BBC and has been included.
literature, Monica Ali, author of 'Brick Lane' has been included,
but fellow Orange Prize 2004 nominees Rupa Bajwa (based in Amritsar,
India) and Jhumpa Lahiri (based in the USA) have not.
FOR SOUTH ASIAN WOMEN IN THE UK
love for the list to continue to grow and grow - there must be hundreds
of South Asian Women in Britain who deserve recognition. And recognition
is the key. The women on this list play a crucial part as role models
for future generations of British Asian Women. It is important to
encourage, motivate, mentor and highlight excellence that South
Asian Women bring to British life.
are so few South Asian women politicians (there are currently no
MP's or Ministers) and local councillors, that I have included all
those I could find. Similarly the top echelons of the corporate
world are remarkably sparse and there are currently no South Asian
Women CEOs of FTSE 500 companies. From the Corporate world I have
included those at Director/Partner level and above and from the
world of business, chosen those who are making a "mark"
in their industry sector.
seems to run in families, with a number of sisters appearing on
the list: the Singh Twins (Amrit & Rabindra), Journalist Zaiba
Malik and Adeeba Malik, Deputy CEO of QED UK; Sudha Bhuchar, co-Founder
of Tamasha Theatre Company and her sibling, Arts Promoter Suman
Bhuchar to name a few.
IS THE PURPOSE OF THIS LIST?
organisations and the public to refer to this list when thinking
about Britain's South Asian Women - perhaps researchers can call
upon the skills of these women for specific projects, and many would
make excellent speakers and mentors. But please note that this is
not a mailing list, nor do I have contact details for individuals.
Most of these women are already in the Public Arena and this list
celebrates their achievements.
MISSING FROM THE LIST?
list is a "labour of love"; I do not claim to know every
leading South Asian woman. If I have missed out anyone you know,
please send an email to email@example.com
stating your name and details and a brief description of the South
Asian woman you would like to nominate. If you can provide contact
details for your nominee, this makes life easier. Please
also email any corrections or amendment to the same email address.
the purposes of this list we mean South Asian to incorporate the
region including Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and
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Leading South Asian Women' list (69KB, ).
thanks to the ladies at DAWN for their assistance - particularly
Manisha Dahad. Thanks are also due to Neeta Patel (The British Council),
Katy Howell (Immediate Future PR) and Anjana Raheja (Media Moguls)
for their input.
list would have been virtually impossible without the existing resources
that celebrate the achievements of Asian Women in the UK. The following
are excellent resources and I encourage you to review these links:
Awarded annually by 'Asian Voice' Newspaper.
ASIAN BUSINESS AWARDS
Awarded annually by 'Eastern Eye' Newspaper.
ASIAN JEWEL AWARDS
ASIAN RICH LIST
compiled annually by Dr Philip Beresford and published in 2004 by
Sunrise Radio & 'Asiana' magazine.
ASIAN WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS www.awaawards.com
BRITIAN'S ASIAN ASSETS - www.britainsasianassets.com
CARLTON MULTICULTURAL AWARDS
awarded annually by ITV (formerly Carlton TV).
Click here for the Carlton
Awards 2003 winners
DAWN - Dynamic Asian Women's Network. www.mydawn.co.uk
EMMA AWARDS - www.emma.tv
Awarded anually by Garavi Gujarat Newspapers. www.gg2.net
OPERATION BLACK VOTE - www.obv.org.uk
South Asian Diaspora Literature & Arts Archive. www.salidaa.org
SOUTH ASIAN DANCE FACULTY
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