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Labour Councillor Ms Sanchia Alasia has been shortlisted under the Policy Driver category for the 2nd Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award. The award recognises UK-based politicians and diplomats who are representing civilian interests at the highest level in areas of policy, social and business overall. The councillor has been nominated for pushing for equality and diversity throughout her career.
The Barking and Dagenham Councillor is no amateur when it comes to dealing with race and diversity issues. Her fervour for the subject stemmed from her time at university where as a member of the NUS Black students committee, she lobbied Ministers in providing part-time students equal rights equivalent to what full time students received. Cllr Alasia then moved onto Transport for London and Queen Mary University where she introduced the celebration of Black History Month, International Women’s Month and LGBT Awareness Month to shed light on how these areas require attention and better policy integration.
Cllr Alasia notes that advances have been made where legislations have developed in the areas of diversity, but there is still a lack of Black and Asian minorities in more senior positions in all areas. Nonetheless, Cllr Alasia successfully won her position in May 2010 by unseating Robert Bailey, the London regional coordinator for the British National Party, to become the youngest woman on the council. Now, as part of the Labour Black Women’s network, which she is a founding member, Cllr Alasia mentors women as well as pointing them to shadowing opportunities, so that they can learn more about how to get involved in local politics and public life.
Talyn Rahman-Figueroa, Director of Grassroot Diplomat, said: “The award illustrates that we do have government representatives that actively work on meeting the people’s needs and we must focus on bringing more positive role models into society and diminish negative news - that is the grassroot diplomacy way”.
Join Cllr Sanchia Alasia and other government nominees at The Mayfair Hotel, London on Thursday 15th May 2014 where the awards ceremony will be hosted by TV Psychologist Dr Linda Papadopoulos. For ticket information please visit: www.grassrootdiplomat.org/awards.