Mayor’s column - Empowering women

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My duties are slowly returning after Christmas and the New Year,

I was very interested to attend a meeting at the Civic Hall to hear a talk about ‘Empowering Women’ this was a girls only night and Jim had to stay at home. A very inspirational Muslim women spoke to the packed audience about her life and attitude to it, as a Muslim living in western society.

She emphasised how important it is for women to be confident in their beauty as women and value themselves, and teach and educate their children to be strong and good citizens. After the meeting I was invited to enjoy a cup of tea and biscuits whilst meeting and talking to many of the women who attended. Once again I am proud of the Muslim community in Crawley who are making good use of their education and intelligence and working to benefit their families and reaching out to the whole of Crawley.

This week Jim and I attended Seymour School in Broadfield, to present certificates to pupils who had attended a Junior Neighbourhood Watch programme for 6 weeks.

I was joined by Chief Inspector Justina Beeken, Crawley Commander, who takes a great interest in the scheme.

These young people find out how to keep themselves safe and watch out for problems that may arise in their neighbourhoods.

They are taught who to contact. I asked the pupils what they enjoyed most about the programme and surprisingly, most said The Court.

Apparently one of the sessions involves a model of a courtroom and a Magistrate comes along and the children role play the parts of defence and prosecution lawyers etc.

This is one role play I hope they never have to experience for real.

The courses are organised and un through the Neighbourhood Watch scheme and of course once again it is volunteers who carry out the courses. What would we do without them.

Much of my time has been taken up with preparations for my Charity Dinner next week. The Dinner has two purposes, one to raise funds for my charity by way of a raffle and tombola and auction, and the very important opportunity to thank members of the voluntary sector in Crawley for the magnificent work they do. My thanks has been a constant theme in my news columns.

I will tell more about it next week.