On the 30 November until 1 December 2017 SCE Solicitors were invited to the Asian Fire Service Association (AFSA) National Conference and Awards Ceremony, this time hosted by the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service.
Samira and Courtney Janotta, a Paralegal at SCE, attended the event and were once again impressed with the positive action being taken and the energy and drive at the event.
At the Awards Ceremony, both our ladies were moved and inspired by Bhanu Jadeja-Mahal, of Asian / Kenyan decent, who described her journey of life overcoming domestic abuse and rejection in 1970’s Britain, while being a mother to a young daughter, to pursuing a successful career in the police force.
Courtney recalls her saying it was the police force that saved her when she had nowhere to go after she had been ejected out of her family home. Samira likened Bhanu to a Bollywood heroin, especially when Bhanu ended her story by telling the attendees that she married her childhood sweetheart (who was in the audience that evening) in her 70’s.
On the second day of the conference Samira delivered a seminar on ‘Faith and Sexuality; the legal workplace perspective’. Providing an overview of the law, explaining practical steps for employers, dealing with conflict between the two equalities and encouraged discussion and debate with case studies.
The comments received from the delegates was positive and included “great explanation of case law with relates to work experiences in my workplace” and “the relevance of conflict between faith and sexuality in workplace and case studies which explored appropriate action of investigation team”.
This was a great opportunity to catch up with the AFSA management committee and other delegates they have met during their involvement and sponsorship of AFSA over the years.
SCE Solicitors would like to, again, thank AFSA for the hard work they do to promote equality and diversity and run these remarkable events. Smoke and Mirrors Embedding Diversity Inclusion for real - AFSA 2017