Anjum Rahman was our Guest Speaker and she was inspiring.
She was born in India, lived in Canada for a brief period of time then at the age of 5 years arrived in Hamilton in 1972.
At Silverdale Primary School she was the only non-European child.
Their family was the first Muslim family to settle in Hamilton.
All her Education was carried out in Hamilton and she is a graduate of Waikato University.
She is a Chartered Accountant plus very involved in other areas. These include Inclusive Aotearoa Collective, Women’s Muslim League, Ethnic Women’s Centre and the Interfaith Council, both in Hamilton and on a national level as well.
She is a much sought after Speaker, being an Advocate concerning Racism and Discrimination in our society.
As a child and also into her adult years she tackled issues of lack of confidence, hatred and self-worth as a result of racism and discrimination remarks she received.
In 2019 Queen Birthday Honour Anjum was awarded the ‘New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the Ethnic Community and Women.