Birthday Honours 2018: Inspirational figures from the Asian community honoured

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Inspirational figures from the Asian Community have been rewarded in the 2018 Queens Birthday Honours List. A healthy total of 10 per cent of individuals come from a BAME background an increase from the NY18 list which made up 9.2 per cent.

Among those include Yorkshire’s very own Police Commander for Wakefield Chief Superintendent Maboob Hussain.

Ch Supt Maboob Hussain was also listed in Asian Sunday’s top ten most influential Asian men list earlier this year.

On receiving his MBE Maboob tweeted: “Humbled & honoured to have received an MBE in #QueensBirthdayHonours for ‘services to West Yorkshire police & charity’. Privilege to represent @WhiteRibbon_UK @MosaicNetwork @SrebrenicaUK Made my parents, family & community proud . Overwhelmed with messages of support.”

Women were particularly highlighted in this year’s honours list, as this year marked the 100th anniversary year of women’s suffrage. The list included a range of awards for women at the forefront of their professions or who have championed women’s rights.

Akeela Ahmed was one of those women who was awarded an MBE for her work with Muslim women. Akeela is the founder of the She Speaks, We Hear charity, which she started four years ago. The aim of the charity is to provide Muslim women an opportunity to share their story owning their own narrative, without any cultural filters. The charity is going strong with more than 3000 followers.

Akeela told Asian Sunday: “I’m very proud and humbled to receive an MBE for services to Muslim women. This is an honour not only for the work I do but for the incredible Muslim women that I have had the fortune to work with. Whose voices and stories are often unheard or stereotyped.

“Unfortunately British Muslim women face an intersection of challenges. So there is still much work to be done to ensure their voices are heard through campaigns and advocacy work to connect their perspectives with policy makers, statutory agencies and communities.”

In total 1,057 people have received an award with 920 candidates selected at BEM, MBE and OBE level: 318 at BEM, 392 at MBE and 210 at OBE

For the full list visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/the-queens-birthday-honours-list-2018

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