New Year’s Honours: Haringey women’s rights activist ‘flattered’ with OBE
PUBLISHED: 15:30 31 December 2013 | UPDATED: 15:30 31 December 2013
A woman who has spent a quarter of a century helping disadvantaged women in Haringey with a charity she founded has been made an OBE in the New Year Honours list.
Rafaat Mughal, founder and director of the JAN Trust, based in Bedford Road, Wood Green, said today she was “flattered” for being recognised for services to disadvantaged women and the community in the borough.
Mrs Mughal, JAN Trust’s founder and director, is a long standing women’s rights activist who started out teaching and lecturing in east Africa, the Middle East, Europe and elsewhere, and spoke about parenting and women’s issues on African and Middle Eastern TV.
She has worked as a researcher on issues affecting ethnic minority women such as health and racism for pollsters MORI, and as a trainer in race and equality with various local authorities.
One of the first Muslim women to be elected as a councillor in Haringey, Mrs Mughal chaired its Ethnic Minority Consultative Committee.
In 1989 she founded JAN Trust to educate, engage and empower disadvantaged women at a grass-roots level, helping to increase the independence of thousands of women and help them become active members of society.
Mrs Mughal, who speaks at least nine languages, said: “I am honoured to be awarded an OBE. It is such an achievement to be recognised for the work I have been carrying out for the last 25 years for disadvantaged women, supporting and assisting them with their integration into society and tackling the violence and abuse they suffer. I am flattered to receive this award.”
JAN Trust and its work has been recognised by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Mayor of London Boris Johnson and Hornsey and Wood Green MP Lynne Featherstone, who is Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development.
JAN Trust has also won awards including the Co-operative Group’s Community Achievement Award 2011, and was a highly commended community project in The European Diversity Award 2012.
Mrs Mughal was invited to No.10 Downing Street by then Prime Minister Gordon Brown, and was also runner-up for the Lifetime Achievement Award 2012 in the Directory of Social Change Awards.