Here’s my speech for the International Women’s Debate that happened today.
This pandemic has hit us all hard, but women in particular have experienced a great deal of pressure with women more likely having to homeschool, to be furloughed from work and to experience anxiety and loneliness.
I want to personally pay tribute to 4 women in Rushcliffe who have supported our community during the pandemic.
Hetvi Parekh and her Sewa Volunteer team have done an enormous amount to support the most vulnerable during the pandemic, including providing hot meals to frontline NHS staff, 750 activity packs for children on low incomes, and many more.
Nicola Brindley who is helping to build a network of J9 safe spaces throughout Rushcliffe to give survivors of domestic abuse a place to access vital support service.
Farah Jamil who is using her Meet, Greet and Eat project to help adults with additional needs build confidence, communication and practical skills by serving the wider community.
And finally, Jill Mathers who started the Cotgrave Community Kitchen in 2019 to bring people together and provide them with a nutritious meal at an affordable price.
These women have made our community one to be proud of and I am honoured to know each of them. Thank you for all you do for Rushcliffe, your admirable work is an example for us all.