Biography: I joined the SNP in 2014, at the end of my journey as an ‘Undecided’ voter in the Referendum. I am currently the Womens and Equalities Officer for the Braes branch and have actively been involved in various roles within the Executive. I was the Chair of the SNP BAME Network for two years, which is an affiliate group, representing ethnic minority SNP members, promoting anti-racism and race equality within the Party.
I found my voice through volunteering, advocating, and academia, which gave me the confidence and ability to be the first, female BAME candidate for Falkirk District SNP in 2017. I believe in practising what I preach, which is why I chose to study for an MSc in Education, Public Policy, and Equity to become a policymaker. As a student and simultaneously a small business owner and then parent, my awareness of adverse experiences influenced my roles. The challenges of discrimination, poverty, mental health, and abuse have taught me to be perceptive, result-driven, and empathetic. Through these circumstances, I set up and established a local charity, Al Masaar, which means ‘Path to Progression’, to actively instil my vision of overcoming socio-economic and cultural barriers and stigma for the most vulnerable to have a better quality of life. My vision is for an independent Scotland, with visible fairness, justice and equity at its heart.