Women’s Empowerment Event


Mandy Sanghera

Wishful Smiles have joined with Barry Gardiner MP to celebrate their one year anniversary and ‘Empowered Women’ at the House of Commons.

‘Empowered Women’ is celebrating the successes, achievements and strength of women following this year’s International Women’s Day and will acknowledge the women of today that are constantly contributing to society and marking women on the map of equality.

The event takes place at the House of Commons on Thursday 10th April from 6pm till 8pm and will consist of inspirational speakers including The Guardian’s Sunny Hundal, Dr Kieran Clark at Oxford University, Nishma Gosrani of Deloitte and Jenny Okafor, President of the Nigerian Women in Diaspora Forum. Also speaking will be Lorna Ponti of Lunch4Life, Chandni Kalyanji of Play for Change and Prabhmeet Singh, a chartered account and leadership coach.

Each of these inspiring individuals have spoken about female empowerment and are widely recognised public figures who represent the very best in their professional fields.

Barry Gardiner, MP for Brent North, said: “The event will bring together a number of influential and inspirational women from all walks of life to recognise their achievements and success.It will also provide a forum for discussion on future initiatives to empower women both here and abroad.”

Tia Jounija, founder of Wishful Smiles, said: “It’s very important that we never stop celebrating women. All through history women have fought for equality and we continue to do so. I’m extremely grateful to Barry Gardiner MP for giving us such an amazing opportunity to be able to host this at the House of Commons.”

Women Empowered groups from across the country including bankers, solicitors, human rights activist, doctors and professionals will all be under one roof to celebrate the success and achievements of women.

Wishful Smiles is a London based charity that works with the world’s most disadvantaged and underprivileged communities to combat poverty, famine, social injustice and illiteracy by providing financial and material aid to those unable to support their families. In addition, the charity enables children to access education and aims to ensure villages have access to clean drinking water and healthcare.


Mandy Sanghera a Human Rights Activist talking to The Asian Today said, “I will be speaking about empowering others by creating opportunities. I have gone through the glass ceiling which is a floor now for others to follow.  I feel it is very important that we support the next generation.  I am following my passion to help others globally. I have come across several barriers over the years and one being other Asians not wanting to help. I am not threatened by younger people or someone more qualified than myself. I have always done my best and there is something very rewarding about empowering mentoring and enabling others. No one person journey is the same.”  


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