Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond
It gives me great pleasure to launch the Scottish Asian Women's Association (SAWA). The Scottish Government is committed to working with women from ethnic minorities to help remove the barriers to participation, and enable achievement in all walks of life. We value the economic, social and cultural contributions made by Scottish Asian Women living in Scotland.
SAWA will enable Scottish Asian Women from all professions fields and disciplines to make links with senior representatives of the public and third sectors, private industry and academia.
I wish SAWA every success as it goes forward.
Princess Badiya of Jordan
I am delighted to endorse and support the Scottish Asian Women’s Association and the Scottish Asian Women’s Awards.
I have visited Scotland on a number of occasions and have always enjoyed spending time there. In England, I have seen first hand the benefits of networks which can draw upon the wealth of talent Asian women have with a view to helping each other, and those requiring of assistance and mentoring. I am delighted that you will be creating such a network in Scotland.
Your aims and objectives are very worthwhile and with the enthusiasm and spirit you have you will surely achieve them, Insha’Allah. I regret that I am unable to join you at the launch of this fantastic initiative, however, I wish you and all the guests well and look forward to seeing you soon.
With very best wishes,
HRH Princess Badiya bint El Hassan of Jordan
Sir Iqbal Sacranie – Chairman of Muslim Aid
On behalf of the Board of Trustees of Muslim Aid, I am writing to congratulate you on the launch of The Scottish Asian Women’s Association and the Scottish Asian Women’s Awards at Stirling Castle on 19 April 2012.
We hope the Association will draw upon the valuable skills and knowledge of Scottish Asian women and develop them to benefit those around them in Scotland and beyond. We also pray that you are able to overcome any challenges successfully.
We look forward to the official launch of the Association and hope that there may be opportunities in the future to collaborate between our organisations.