Muslim Council of Britain elects first female leader

Muslim Council of Britain elects first female leader
2 min read
01 February, 2021
The MCB has elected its first female leader in a move that is being praised by Brits.
Zara Mohammed is the new leader of the body [MCB]
The Muslim Council of Britain has elected its first female leader in a move that has been praised across the UK.

Zara Mohammed, a training and development consultant has been named the new secretary-general of MBC, an organisation that represents mosques, Islamic schools and Muslim associations in the UK.

Speaking of the election, she said she felt "humbled and truly honoured" to take on the responsibility.

"I am really grateful for the opportunity and the trust that the delegates and the MCB have put in me to carry this role forward," she said.

"Being a young female, it is quite a good representation of the future leadership that we need to see now."

The 29-year-old is from Glasgow and has a masters in human rights law.

"I think women sometimes hesitate to take on leadership roles even though they are more than qualified to do so," she added.

"It is really important to engage young people, engage more women and diversify the organisation and the work we are doing."

London Mayor of London Sadiq Khan was one of the first to congratulate Mohammed on the win.

"My vision is to continue to build a truly inclusive, diverse and representative body; driven by the needs of British Muslims for the common good."

"Terrific to see Zara Mohammed elected as the first woman Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain."

Zara Mohammed won the majority of affiliate votes.

Ajmal Masroor, an Imam, teacher and broadcaster, was also in the running for the post.

Upon her election, Zara Mohammed, said: "My vision is to continue to build a truly inclusive, diverse and representative body; one which is driven by the needs of British Muslims for the common good.

"Being elected as the first female Secretary General is quite an honour and I hope it will inspire more women and young people to come forward to take on leadership roles.

"They are the future of this organisation and our society."

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