50 INSPIRING VOICES OF MIGRANT WOMEN
FROM STRUGGLE TO SUCCESS
WOMEN FROM AROUND THE WORLD ATTEND THE BOOK LAUNCH AT THE HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT
BY REEM SOLIMAN
PHOTO CREDITS: ARTA METOLLI
Upon entering through the series of passageways and staircases, travelling slowly deeper into the building, it begins to dawn on you where you are exactly. If it isn’t the breathtaking high ceilings mesmerizing you as you walk through, then it’s the life like portraits of historic figures on the wall, transporting you back in time, and jolting you into the realization that you are in the grand and powerful Houses of Parliament on Monday evening.
As the guests, contributors and keynote speakers gather outside committee room 15, a very prominent buzz in energy is growing, and the anticipation for the book launch of ‘50 Inspiring Migrant Women, from Struggle to Success’ is almost tangible. Even before the book launched commenced, there were already phenomenal things happening, mingling and networking was at its peak, with empowering and positive messages being shared between strangers. All which was a prelude to the beautiful things about to come.
The event began with a passionate opening speech by Mirela Sula, the creator of this phenomenal book idea. Mirela rightly affirmed, “we need to use our power, it is our responsibility.” There was absolutely no better place to be speaking of womanpower and accomplishing global change than here at the Houses of Parliament; it was a truly momentous occasion.
It was very special to have one of the keynote speakers be Seema Malhotra, who is a British Labour and Co-operative Party politician, as well as a Member of Parliament for Feltham and Heston. Malhotra’s presence at the book launch was another poignant message of the impact and power migrant women can bring with them around the world. She mightily stated that,” we play a part in politics by defending what we have achieved.” Then ending her speech saying that,” this book is a powerful contribution and a message of hope.”
The other speakers at the book launch included, Ivana Bartoletti, Trevor Clarke, Yvonne Thompson and Rafael dos Santos. They each shared their inspiring messages and perspectives with the room, captivating everyone with their personal stories, wisdom and hunger for change. Hearing what each speaker had to say, you couldn’t help but feel that you are apart of an extremely meaningful event, something much more grand than the sum of its parts. Acknowledging everyone’s personal stories, and coming to the realization that it is all our struggles, triumphs, histories, nationalities and cultures that make us unique, and that therefore every single person has something special to offer the world, was extremely empowering. Another magnificent point shared again and again during the book launch, was the necessity to be proud of being a migrant, and to embrace all the wonderful things that this part of you encompasses. This was especially potent to hear, as well as remember especially in the current political climate of today.
As the event came to a close, there was an even bigger buzz than at the beginning, with tremendous smiles, laughter and pictures everywhere. It felt like an enormous celebration of hope, self-acceptance and dignity. I left the book launch feeling empowered, proud and yearning to be a better person and make immense contributions to the world. This book launch marks as a compelling beginning to great, meaningful change, and is a small glimpse of the inspiration and revelation in ‘50 Inspiring Migrant Women, from Struggle to Success’.
Some words from attendants of the book launch
“A truly phenomenal event, the room was full of energy and vitality. A juxtaposition of modern women in a traditional place.”-Charlotte Rous
“Amazing to see so many powerful women.”- Matthieu Kaczmarek
“It is so important that we are here in parliament, this is where we need to make changes.”-Ivan Bartoletti