12 March – 10:00 -11:00

International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month 2021: Women’s History Month is celebrated annually in the month of March. It aims to increase awareness and understanding about women’s history and is a celebration of the contributions of women to history, culture and society. It is also a reminder and acknowledgement of the disparity and challenges still faced today by women globally. This year, International Women’s Day fell on Monday 8th March 2021 and was centred around the theme #ChooseToChallenge as “a challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change”. The aim of the day was for individuals, communities and societies to ask themselves how they will help forge a gender equal world, celebrate women’s achievements (social, economic, cultural and political), increase women’s visibility, raise awareness of and call out bias, and take positive action.

Celebrating Muslim Women in the NHS: Muslim women can be found across the NHS in a variety of roles and settings. In addition to gender-specific challenges, it is not uncommon for visible Muslim women to also experience significant challenges due to their intersectionality: this often includes with regards to both religion and race. The NHS Muslim Network, Muslim Doctors Association and British Islamic Medical Association are therefore hosting a panel of inspirational Muslim women from across the NHS to share their stories. The event aims to (1) raise awareness of the realities of being a Muslim woman working in the NHS, (2) encourage colleagues to contribute to an inclusive NHS where everyone feels a sense of belonging and can thrive in their careers and (3) empower and inspire other NHS Muslim women.

Profiles of the panel members are being shared over social media in the build-up to the event.  Please have a look at @NHSMuslimNet (Twitter) and @nhsmuslimnetwork (Instagram) to find out more about our speakers and their :  

  1. Career journeys/current roles
  2. Greatest achievements to date
  3. Greatest challenges about being Muslim Women working in the NHS
  4. Advice to other Muslim women in the NHS
  5. Ask from colleagues to accelerate women’s equality in the NHS

If you would like to get involved and share your stories, email england.muslim1@nhs.net with the above answers to the questions with a picture of you.


Aisha Chaudhry: Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, NHS England and Improvement

Dr Hinnah Rafique: Founder and Director, Generation Medics

Hanadi Ghannam Alkhder: Senior Prescribing Advisor, NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group

Dr Farah Roslan: Core Surgical Trainee, Northampton General Hospital

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