“I believe in … making ordinary people extraordinary.”
Every day, Shamila Dhana does this as a volunteer at a women’s group for refugees and asylum seekers run by the British Red Cross and our partners Stop Domestic Abuse.
Together, they tackle some of the most difficult issues these vulnerable women face.
Hate crime, honour, domestic and gender-based violence, social isolation, mental health and education are all on the agenda.
“To me, ordinary women are unsung heroes,” Shamila said.
“They are the woman that must get up and take the kids to school despite her period pains.
“The woman struggling to put food on the table because she is unable to work.
“The woman who is trying to navigate a complicated asylum process when she speaks little English. These women inspire me every day”.
As someone who considers herself to be an ‘ordinary woman’, Shamila felt shocked and honoured when she won the Pamodzi Creative ‘Inspirational Women’ award.
Many people had nominated the 36-year-old for Portsmouth’s first Inspirational Women Award to mark International Women’s Day 2019.