UK Telugu Association held a programme on International Women’s Day on 8th March 2012, at Nehru Centre London.Successful Indian women, who have distinguished themselves in the UK, took part in the programme which was a resounding success. The programme was the second annual International Women’s Day event organised by UKTA, the maiden event took place last year at the same venue.
Prof Nirmala Rao from the School of Oriental and Asian Studies, Lady Shruti Rana who established the Shruti Foundation, Baroness Usha Prashar, Member of House of Lords and Rt.Hon. Valerie Vaz,Member of House of Commons were among the eminent women who engaged the audience as they discussed the topic for the evening, Asian Woman in the UK : Identity and Alienation. Smt Sangeeta Bahadur, IFS,Director,Nehru Cenre, London was a guest speaker at the event.
In their speeches, they discussed gender issues and problems unique to female Indian migrants who are compelled to reassess and re-establish their identities. They also discussed the need for women to move forward and create opportunities for themselves or as Rt.Hon. Valerie Vaz stated: “Just do
Baroness Prashar in a speech full of anecdotes emphasised the need to be more confident. Lady Shruti Rana focussed on the fact that women should consider themselves to be equal if not better in all fields of human endeavour. Prof Nirmala stressed the point that women should overcome both
the fears—that of failure as well as of success.
Prabhakar Kaza, President UKTA, congratulated the organisers , UKTA’s women’s wing and said that the topic was an issue often felt but not expressed publicly and hence was chosen for the discussion this year.
The programme was organised by the Women’s wing led by Dr.Padma Killi and supported by Mamta,Pranathi,Kranthi,Rita and Himavalli.The discussion was followed by question and answer session where audience members interacted with the speakers and shared experiences and anecdotes from their own lives as Indian women in the UK.