Rabina Khan

Politician, Campaigner, Writer

Rabina Khan is an Independent Politician, Writer and Campaigner. Elected in 2010, she was the first Bangladeshi woman to become a Cabinet Member for Housing & Regeneration and provided record levels of housing plus homes for disabled residents. Her borough won the Sunday Times Award for best transformed council estate and won a national award for delivering more sustainable homes than any other council in England and the Whitechapel Vision won the 2014 Planning Award. Rabina was shortlisted for the European Muslim Woman of Influence Award in 2009 and won the European Diversity Hero of the Year Award in 2014. Rabina has a wealth of experience campaigning on issues of equality and diversity. Her focus has been on challenging perceptions of Muslim women and advancing their cause in politics and public affairs. She has produced a range of literary and broadcast projects alongside organisations including the BBC, Heritage and the Welcome Trust. Khan has worked as a consultant for BBC, ITV, Rich Mix Cultural Foundation and Welcome Trust. She has contributed to the BBC Asian Network and delivered commission for the Arts Council. In 2006, Khan appeared in and was a script advisor for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s documentary Young, British and Muslim. In 2007, she wrote the play Shilpa and Jade for the Welcome Trust Pulse Project. She wrote and produced two short films – The Good Wife, sponsored by Sixteen Films, and Shrouded, commissioned by London Met Services. In May and June 2009, Khan was part of a delegation to Bangladesh, organised by the British Government’s Foreign Office as part of their Counter Terrorism strategy. She also delivered a speech at the Royal Society of Arts for BBC Radio 4 on Multiculturalism in 2012 and has spoken at Cambridge University. She has written for the Guardian, Independent and delivered speeches at Cambridge University, colleges and schools. Khan has worked for Tower Hamlets Council in the social and education sectors and for government regeneration initiatives such as Bethnal Green City Challenge managing education and empowerment projects for women and young girls from ethnic minority communities.

The Rise Of Acid Attacks

Restrictions on the sale of sulphuric acid were introduced in 2015, yet up to 98% concentrated sulphuric acid can be bought on the internet, with no basic checks, so despite the restrictions, it is still possible to obtain it easily and cheaply.
11/07/2017 16:59 BST

My Hair Is Pink Under This Veil

A long time ago, my father taught me that there is one identity that surpasses all others - the human identity. Both, in terms of us as individuals, and in terms of how we relate to one another as one people. If there is to be any leading British value, it should be the freedom to express that identity in the way we choose.
08/01/2016 16:04 GMT

Refugees - Not a Migrant Crisis But a Humanitarian Crisis

The end of the summer holidays has arrived. The children are going back to school. Nothing unusual, it happens every year, something us parents take for granted. As a new term starts our hopes and wishes go out to our children who we encourage to learn and grow up to make a better world.
10/09/2015 16:15 BST

Tackling Radicalism Means Working Together to Build a Better Britain

David Cameron, when still the leader of the opposition, quoted Edmund Burke saying, "To make men love their country, their country ought to be lovable." He continued, "Integration has to be about more than immigrant communities, 'their' responsibilities and 'their' duties. It has to be about 'us' too - the quality of life that we offer, our society and our values."
21/07/2015 11:03 BST

What Should We Do About Housing in the East End?

It's good that housing is now on the national agenda, and that even those in the Westminster bubble has been forced to talk about it. It will take a lot of local campaigning to turn that talk into action.
26/05/2015 15:02 BST

The Housing Crisis - What It Is and How We Fix It

The obscenity of it all is brought home by this: a short walk in one direction from me are some of Britain's most deprived people, and in the other direction are the champagne bars and investment banks of Canary Wharf.
12/01/2015 17:26 GMT