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Q&A: My Redbridge - Bushra Tahir

PUBLISHED: 17:00 15 December 2017

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Bashra Tahir, founder of charity Awaaz and campaigner for women’s rights,​ answers our questions

What’s your connection with the borough?

I am chair and founder of Awaaz Group (Voice of Women), a registered charity based in the south of the borough.

Our aims are to help women suffering with low self-esteem, loneliness and mental health disorder, holding drop-in sessions, advice sessions on various topics, and outings to reduce their social isolation and increase their confidence. And empower them to lead a good life. Awaaz gives a voice to women in Redbridge.

What’s the best thing about working or living in the borough?

Clayhall Park, Valentines Park to walk in the morning and its keep fit facilities. High Road market, specially fish monger and fresh fruit stall. Cinema and libraries.

What one thing would you change?

No food displayed on the footpaths in Ilford Lane.

Use three words to describe the area.

Diverse, rich in all cultures, more interaction in different faiths and cultures.

Who is the most inspiring person you have ever met?

Current Mayor of Redbridge Linda Huggett

What new law would you introduce if you were the prime minister?

More support to higher education in schools and universities. More jobs and adequate salaries.

If you were the editor of this paper, what issues in the borough would you focus on?

Drugs and human trafficking and prostitution.

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