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Belfast Asian Women’s Academy chosen as one of Lord Mayor’s charities

Date: 28 Nov 2022

Lord Mayor Councillor Christina Black standing in a corridor of City Hall with Sheila Chakravarti and Ana Chandran from Belfast Asian Women’s Academy. They are holding a handmade mandala artwork.

The Lord Mayor of Belfast Councillor Tina Black welcomed representatives from Belfast Asian Women’s Academy (BAWA) to City Hall today, and announced them as one of her chosen charities.

Each year, the First Citizen selects a number of charities to support during their year in office.

Lord Mayor of Belfast Councillor Tina Black said: “It is my absolute pleasure to announce Belfast Asian Women’s Academy as one of my charities for my term in office.

“This invaluable charity focuses on supporting women from minority ethnic and migrant communities who have made Belfast their home, and supports them personally and practically to create a real sense of community.

“Moving to any new city is daunting - matters such as employment, housing and family issues are a priority and Belfast Asian Women’s Academy acts as a refuge for this type of support. The charity is a safe haven for women who may have nowhere else to turn and not only provides practical support, but initiates friendships and integration within communities.

“I am delighted to lend my support to these fantastic women and I look forward to seeing their continued success within Belfast.”

Lord Mayor was presented with a handmade mandala artwork, representing the connection between our inner selves and outer reality, and the connection with each other.

Speaking on behalf of the charity, chair Ana Chandran said: “We are so thankful to the Lord Mayor for recognising the work we have done and continue to do. We feel very privileged to be recognised as one of the Lord Mayor’s official charities.”

Councillor Black also recently announced Pretty n Pink as one of her official charities. The charity is the only registered breast cancer charity in Northern Ireland.

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