By Shaista Gohir

King Charles' first New Year’s Honours list was published on 31 December 2022. There were 14 Muslim women (35%) amongst the total of 40 Muslim recognised in the King’s first New Year’s honours. A huge congratulations to those who have been awarded honours.

It is important that contributions of British Muslims are recognised every year.  However, this year the numbers of Muslim women and Muslims generally were down from the previous year. In the 2022 New Year’s honours, 19 Muslim women (38%) were given awards out of 50 Muslims.

Professor Robina Shah Nawaz Shah was made a Dame for her services to patient care. Robina is a Chartered Consultant Psychologist and Professor of Psycho-social Medicine and Medical Education in the Division of Medical Education at The University of Manchester Medical School. She is the lead academic on person-centred education, patient safety, patient, and public involvement in the Division of Medical Education.

Nadra Ahmed has also been recognised in the field of health and wellbeing. She has been awarded the CBE for services to social care. Nadra is the Executive Chair of the National care Association. She has been involved in the field of social care for over 35 years.

Two Somali Muslim women whose contributions have been recognised included referee Jawahir Roble for her services to services to association football who was awarded the MBE and founder of Autism Independence, Nura Omar Aabe, was awarded the BEM for service to people with autism.

Anisah Osman Britton was amongst one of the youngest recipients of an honour and was awarded the MBE. Anisah is the CEO and Founder of 23 Code Street, a coding school for all women where for every paying student, digital skills are also taught to a woman in the slums of India. She was amongst the 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 list of social entrepreneurs leveraging business to save the world.

It is important to continue nominating Muslim women. Anyone can make a submission, even members of the public. A person cannot nominate themselves and the person being recommended must not be informed about the application. Often at least two letters of support are needed from peers who are familiar with their work and track record.

Nominate someone for an honour award here.

New Year’s Honours List 2023 (Muslim Women Recipients)

Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE)

Professor Robina Shahnaz SHAH, Director, Doubleday Centre, For Patient Experience.
For services to Patient Care.

Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)

Nadra AHMED, Executive Chair, National Care Association. For services to Social Care

Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

Rashid BEGUM, Lately Acting Deputy Director, Home Office. For Public Service

Saika JABEEN, Assistant Chief Officer, Nottinghamshire Probation Service. For Public Service

Remzije SHERIFI.
For services to Refugee Integration in Glasgow

Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

Dr Atiya KAMAL, Health Psychologist and Senior Lecturer, School of Social Sciences, Birmingham City University. For services to Health Psychology during Covid-19

Anisah OSMAN BRITTON, Founder, 23 Code Street. For services to Diversity in the Technology Sector

Zebina RATANSI, Director of Nursing, Whipps Cross University Hospital, Barts Health NHS Trust. For services to Nursing Leadership

Jawahir ROBLE, Referee and Volunteer, Football Beyond Borders. For services to Association Football

Medal of the Order of the British Empire (BEM)

Nura Omar AABE, Founder, Autism Independence. For services to People with Autism

Shah Sheikh Shepali BEGUM, Lately Outreach and Impacts Manager, Commonwealth Games Legacy Team. For services to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Ziana Ayesha BUTT, For services to Netball and to Diversity

Samina Qasim IQBAL, Foster Carer, Birmingham Children’s Trust. For services to Fostering

Dr Sayyada MAWJI, For services to Healthcare during Covid-19

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