I was delighted when last month the Party of European Socialist’s (PES), Deputy Secretary General, Marije Laffeber invited me to speak to this year’s PES activists forum in Budapest from the 8th to the 10th of March. I spoke at the workshop on the topic “An alternative message to the far right”. To read my report about how the forum went click here.
I was excited to see that I had been shortlisted for my second award of the year. The Dods Women in Public Life Awards celebrate women leaders in society and seek to recognise and promote the work of women in politics, business, the civil service and community leadership. It is so important to highlight the achievement of women in public life as they are so under-represented in this area. I hope that by at least being shortlisted, other women will be encouraged to join me in this field.
The Awards which are now in their sixth year, aim to highlight the achievements of outstanding women role models amongst us. I have been shortlisted for Local Government Personality of the year. You can read the shortlist for this category here and for all the various categories here.
As part of the PRECIOUS Success Leadership series they asked a range of change management thinkers, business owners, experts, women and men from a range of industries: ‘What Does Leadership Mean to You?’ I wrote about the importance of political leadership. You can read the full article here.
The professional networking website LinkedIn is celebrating reaching 200 million members In view of this, they were letting their members know their individual reach and statistics. It turns out that that I have one of the top 1% most viewed @LinkedIn profiles for 2012. You can view my professional LinkedIn profile here.
I was thrilled to find out earlier this week that I had been shortlisted from over 250 entries for Young Councillor of the year in the annual Local Government information unit awards which will take place on the 25th February 2013. I am shortlisted with a field of exceptional young councillors (including those who did not make the shortlist), who have made a huge difference to their communities, which we were elected to serve. Two other councillors from Barking and Dagenham were shortlisted in other categories which really shows our borough is forging ahead in tough times.
You can read the full announcement and shortlisted candidates in all the categories here.
Last week I was invited as a guest speaker at the Tottenham GC meeting, to speak about how I successfully won my council seat from the BNP London Regional Coordinator, Robert Bailey to become the youngest woman on the council. I also spoke about the rise of the far right across Europe.
I was asked a number of questions ranging from how we engaged with BME communities, what I thought about David Cameron’s speech on Europe to what we could do to tackle the far right in Eastern Europe.
At the end of the meeting I was so pleased that members said that they felt inspired to go and reconnect with their local community, based on our success in Barking. It’s only by closly connecting with our electorate that a Labour government will be able to take control in 2015.
Last week I wrote an article for Left Foot forward about why nationalist political parties like the UK’s BNP and France’s Front National party would be rubbing their hands in glee. Their positions are set to be potentially strengthened by gaining monies of €400,000 for 2012, funded by the European Parliament. Monies are set to be allocated over the next two weeks. Read the article here.
This weekend I received a community leadership award for the work I do to represent my constituents in Barking and my work as chair of the health and adult services scrutiny committee, at the good neighborhood scheme awards ceremony, which was held in Barking.
It was an honor to accept this award, although my passion for community representation does not come from external recognition but seeing the difference in the lives of people I represent when I am able to intervene in their particular circumstances which spur me on.
Sanchia Alasia is a Labour Councillor for Alibon Ward in Barking and Dagenham and a specialist in equality and diversity.
Sanchia was one of the Labour Party candidates for the European elections in 2014 in the London region.
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