LONDON: The young British Afghan lawyer Ruqeia Ahmadi has joined the Afghan Council of Great Britain to lead the legal and women affairs committees.
The young and proactive lawyer will become part of the council’s leadership to inform strategy, campaigns and programs to put the community’s legal and women’s issues at the forefront of the organisation, community and the country.
Speaking to Afghan Diaspora Magazine on the occasion of the appointment, Mr Salim Khan Durrani, advisory board member of the Afghan Council of Great Britain said.
Our community needs a new generation of leaders. Young leaders who understand what it means to be British as well as being of Afghan origin. The challenges our youth face with identity. The legal rights of citizens and our community. And someone that is highly educated in Britain and that the community can be proud of to represent us at the highest national and global level. Ms Ahmadi has all those attributes.
He add “The youth and women form the largest part of our community. So naturally, they are the best people to be at the position to influence decisions that affect their future. The older members of community are mainly educated in Afghanistan and stuck in a mindset that does not solve our problems in United Kingdom. So the only hope is the youth and I am glad we have them.”
Ruqeia Ahmadi comes from a strong academic and professional background in Law. She holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from University of Sheffield, School of Law, and also a Master of Laws (LLM) in Legal Practice from BPP University, and was awarded the Sheffield Graduate Award for her outstanding achievements.
She worked as a paralegal at Lyons Davidson Solicitors in Leeds and currently works at the top corporate national law firm, Shulmans LLP. She also advises British Afghan Chamber of Commerce and Industry on corporate legal affairs.
Ms Ahmadi has always been an active positive contributor to society and fighter for the rights of those from the disadvantaged communities. She has been a volunteer legal adviser at the FreeLaw clinic. As a multilingual, she taught Farsi and Dari to children as part of her contribution to our community and taught English to speakers of other languages.