Syeda M Rahim
Labour and Cooperative Party Candidate for Herts County Council (Broadwater Division)
Hello, my name is Syeda Rahim, better known as Mumtaz, and I’m standing for Labour in the Broadwater division for County Council elections.
I work for a national charity advocating and representing clients at tribunals who have been affected by social and economic issues. I was a Special Adviser on the National Muslim Women’s Advisory Board from 2008-10, set up by the Dept. for Communities and Local Government. The Board specialises in Muslim women, empowerment and preventing extremism among Muslim youth. I also specialise in tribunal cases on housing and benefits.
A community activist at heart, I work very closely at grassroots level. I opened the First Family Health Groups for mothers and under 5 year olds in St Albans, funded by the Health Trust and other statutory organisations, which won many awards. I also set up an employment and empowerment project for women to undertake vocational courses and training, bringing the local college on the doorstep.
I have been the Chair the Hertfordshire Asian Women’s Association and I set up the Tiffin Club, the first older women’s lunch club and creative activity project for women in St Albans.
In 2016, I set up the Hertfordshire All Women’s Trust and have provided housing and benefits advice and representation to local residents, and each year I host the Annual Peace Vigil and the Big Iftaar in St Albans.
I am a Trustee of the Fleetville Community Centre in St Albans and a Trustee of several charities in the UK and abroad focusing gender equality and poverty reduction. I travel widely across the UK working on gender equality and antipoverty projects and abroad.
I have now set up the Syeda Rahim Foundation, which will focus on women’s equality and empowerment but also issues affecting the woman and the family – poverty, isolation, debts, employment, poor housing, mental health, racism, crime, immigration to name a few.
I would like to represent Broadwater to work for local residents’ best interests, taking your concerns to the County Council.