NWR is proud to have the support of two patrons, Marion Molteno and Jasvinder Sanghera.
Our patrons help raise our profile to attract new members and reach new audiences. We appreciate the work of our patrons to champion our ambitions, share the benefits of NWR membership and showcase our activities.
Our patrons brings new ideas and information to NWR. We hope that their attributes and interests will influence NWR positively and that we will learn from them.
Marion Molteno is an award winning author. Her novels explore themes that resonate with NWR members, and she has presented at several of our conferences about her writing and her work with refugees. Marion has been patron of NWR since 2018, and has generously supported us by introducing our members to other women authors.
Marion grew up in South Africa, but moved to Zambia in opposition to the apartheid regime. She lived with her young family in Zambia until a political crisis led to their uprooting to London.
London's cultural diversity is a theme that runs through much of Marion's career and her writing. She has organised initiatives to support asylum seekers adapting to life in England, community projects for diverse neighbourhoods and English classes for adults. Marion worked for Save the Children travelling to support staff in countries across Asia and Africa, which she has described as a life-changing experience, learning from people who were forced to cope with unrelenting poverty, political oppression and war.
Marion will be speaking to members in Autumn 2021 through a series of talks about women authors. Her monthly blog is popular with NWR members.
JASVINDER SANGHERA CBE
Jasvinder Sanghera is the founder of Karma Nirvana, a national award winning charity that supports both men and women affected by honour based abuse and forced marriages. A survivor of a forced marriage, Jasvinder is an expert advisor in matters of child, civil and criminal law proceedings, and her work is acknowledged as being pivotal in the creation of a specific UK forced marriage criminal offence in 2014.
Jasvinder's 2021 'schedule of talks' presentation to NWR members drew unprecedented feedback from members who told us they were inspired by her commitment and bravery. We were delighted when she accepted our invitation to join NWR as a patron in summer 2021.
Her memoir ‘Shame’ was a ‘Times’ Top 10 Bestseller’ and Jasvinder is widely recognised as bringing the issue of forced marriage into the public domain. She was appointed Commander of the British Empire in 2013 in recognition of her outstanding contribution for the victims of forced marriage and honour based abuse. Jasvinder’s work is recognised globally. She has been listed as one of ‘The Guardian's’ 100 Most Inspirational Women in the World, and is a recipient of the Global Punjabi Award.
Recognised as Legal Campaigner of the Year 2014, her successful claim of sexual harassment against a peer in the House of Lords was the first in its 479 year history and has led to an increase in reporting of similar offences, and resulted in significant changes in House of Lords policy and practice and a House of Lords independent inquiry into sexual harassment and bullying.
Jasvinder was born and brought up in Derby. She was made an Honorary Doctor of the University of Derby in 2008, and in 2018 she was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Law by De Montfort University, Leicester.