First-Ever Queen Elizabeth II Award Goes To Indian Origin Suella Braveman

Sep 30, 2022, 20:27 IST

Suella Braveman

Suella Braverman, the British Home Secretary of Indian origin, has been awarded the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Woman of the Year.

The 42-year-old Minister, who was appointed to the Cabinet by British Prime Minister Liz Truss earlier this month, stated that it was the greatest honour of her life to receive such a recognition at the Asian Achievers Awards (AAA) 2022 ceremony, which was dedicated to the memory of the recently deceased monarch.

"Our Queen Elizabeth II Woman of the Year Award winner sponsored by @AxiomDWFM is former Attorney General and new Home Secretary @SuellaBraverman. Her lovely parents Uma and Chris were there to collect on her behalf #20YearsOfAAA," tweeted the official handle of Asian Achievers Award.

Suella, born in London to Uma who is a Tamilian and Christie Fernandes a native of Goa, sent across a recorded message to the ceremony where her parents accepted the award on her behalf. In the 1960s, my parents arrived in the United States from Kenya and Mauritius, as stated by Braverman in her telegram.

"They've been proud members of our Asian community and I was born in Wembley, the heart of the Asian community, and to be elected to serve in the UK Parliament and now to serve our phenomenal and amazing and welcoming country as Home Secretary is the honour of my life. I hope to do you proud," She stated in her recorded message that was played at the venue of the award ceremony.

South Asians now hold senior positions in a range of industries in the UK, including politics, business, and civil society. The Asian Achievers Awards, which were launched in 2000 and currently in its 20th year have recognised such South Asians for their outstanding achievements.

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