AUW Supporters and Guests Convene at House of Lords in London
London 3, Oct, 2016
October 3, 2016, London – AUW and Lord Raj Loomba hosted a special event at the House of Lords in London, entitled “Inspire, Empower, Educate: Lessons from the Asian University for Women.” The event brought together some of AUW’s most eminent supporters, as well as many prominent individuals who are new to AUW. The event featured speeches by AUW Vice Chancellor Cherie Blair; long-time AUW supporter Rt. Hon. Lord Mark Malloch Brown; Dr. Meredith Woo, Director of the International Higher Education Support Program at Open Society Foundations; and three AUW graduates: Mowmita Basak from Bangladesh, Savitri Kumari from India and Priyanka Shrestha from Nepal.
Following are more highlights from the event:
Dr. Serra Kirdar, Life Fellow of St. Antony’s College at Oxford University and Member of AUW’s International Advisory Council, introduced the alumnae speakers. She also shared a treasured memory about AUW: “When I visited Chittagong, Bangladesh to see the site of AUW’s permanent campus, I interacted with some of the most remarkable young women I have ever met. Their passion for learning and self-empowerment was overwhelming. These young ladies are agents of change in their communities. Their lives, and the lives of their families, have undoubtedly been changed forever.”
Savitri shared, “I cannot imagine pursuing higher education if I had not received a scholarship to AUW. I owe so much to all the unknown faces who have supported me throughout my education. Now I feel obligated to pay this generosity back to other children like me, who might not have the necessary resources to pursue an education.”