Labour and Cooperative Party Candidate for Herts County Council (Broadwater Division)

Syeda M Rahim - Labour and Cooperative Party Candidate for Herts County Council  (Broadwater Division)
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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 womenempowerment 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. 

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