Yesterday Samera Ashraf came into college to talk to Year 12 Health and Social Care and Sport students. Samera currently works in Edinburgh as a Policewoman and passionately promotes the support of young people, particularly girls from ethnic minority backgrounds, into public services.¬†
Samera studied at Manchester Metropolitan University and gained a degree in Health and Social Care and completed a Masters in Sociology at Edinburgh University. She worked for a domestic violence charity and has gained several awards and honours for her work with ethnic minority women dealing with honour based violence, forced marriage and FGM including a special honour from Nicola Sturgeon.¬† She is also a champion Kickboxer and has received an MBE from Princess Anne for her services to Sport and Diversity and is an ambassador for the Kelly Holmes Trust where she works directly with Dame Kelly Holmes to support young people across the country.¬†
The students all really enjoyed the talk and gained a lot from Samera’s first-hand experience. They were all actively involved with the talk and many have expressed a new found interest for a potential career within the Emergency Services. It was a fantastic opportunity for our students to be able to learn about a different career path, as well as to be inspired by a woman succeeding in a predominantly male industry.