Another proud moment for South Asians, particularly Pakistanis and the Muslim community in the United Kingdom, as Yasmin Dar has been elected to the office of Lord Mayor of Manchester.
This remarkable achievement not only signifies a personal triumph for Dar but also marks a significant milestone for inclusivity and representation in the city’s governance.
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Yasmin Dar entered her name in history books as she becomes the first Asian to serve in the coveted role. She will remain at the seat for a year, and during that time, she will represent Manchester City at major events and will promote its interests.
Yasmin Dar’s journey to becoming Manchester’s first Pakistani Muslim Lord Mayor is nothing short of extraordinary. Born in Pakistan and raised in the United Kingdom, Dar has dedicated her life to public service and community development. With a strong background in social work, she has consistently strived to uplift marginalized and underprivileged communities. Her remarkable efforts include spearheading the establishment of Community on Solid Ground, an acclaimed charity that provides assistance to youth in Whalley Range.
With a growing population of Asian and Muslim residents, the selection of a Pakistani-born Muslim woman for such a prestigious position sends a powerful message of acceptance and representation. Her story has become an inspiration, particularly for young women and girls from similar backgrounds who aspire to pursue careers in public service and leadership.
Sharing her feelings in her acceptance speech, the former Labour councillor said she was humbled and honored to be appointed Lord Mayor, and vowed to use her office for diversity.
Her appointment to the ceremonial role is a significant milestone for a city whose diversity is celebrated and embraced by its residents, making it a cosmopolitan metropolis with a rich tapestry of cultures, traditions, and experiences.
Meanwhile, Yasmin’s term as Lord Mayor will start in July this year, and she will be supported by her daughter as Lady Mayoress, and brother Majid Dar as Consort.
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