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Trust manager wins award for contribution to Scottish society

Rohini Sharma Joshi wins inaugural Scottish Asian Women’s Award

Edinburgh, UK, March 8 2013 - Trust Housing Association’s Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Manager Rohini Sharma Joshi has been presented with a prestigious Scottish Asian Women’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Scottish Society at a VIP event presided over by First Minister Alex Salmond.

Rohini was presented with the award at a glittering ceremony organised by the Scottish Asian Women’s Association (SAWA) which held its inaugural awards event to recognise and celebrate the achievement of Asian women in Scotland in fields ranging from sports and arts to business and the voluntary sector. SAWA awards Founder and Chair Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh said the awards recognised “gifted and talented women who have contributed in many ways, and continue to do so, to the rich tapestry of our nation.”

Rohini received the award in recognition of her long-standing and passionate advocacy for the Scottish Asian community and for her work in championing their rights to equality of treatment, dignity and respect. Rohini was nominated for the award by Mukami McCrum of the Scottish Government’s Gender, LGBT Equality & Violence Against Women Team.

First Minister Alex Salmond said: “The Scottish Government is committed to working with women from ethnic minorities to help remove the barriers to participation, and enable achievement in all walks of life. We value the economic, social and cultural contributions made by Scottish Asian Women living in Scotland.”

Rohini, who has been involved in equality and diversity work with Trust Housing Association since 1999, said: “This is a huge honour. I am humbled to be in the company of so many strong and accomplished Asian women. I love what I do because it enables us to make a positive difference to people’s lives. I’ve had the support of a great team and I’d like to thank them for their contribution.”

Trust has developed a reputation as a leader within the social housing sector for its commitment to and innovation in tackling equality and diversity issues. It recently became the first housing association in Scotland to receive the prestigious Investors in Diversity (IID) accreditation in recognition of its visionary enterprise-wide approach to equality, diversity and inclusion.

Trust Director of Corporate Services Kenny Nicholson said: “We congratulate Rohini on this hugely impressive achievement. Trust is focused on leading the way on equality and diversity and Rohini has played a critical role in helping us to achieve this through her expertise, her energy and her determination to make equality and diversity issues a mainstream issue.”

Rohini has led several award-winning equality and diversity programmes including the Older People Services Project which has improved the lives of older people in Scotland, many from the Asian community, helping them to access pensions and other benefits. Rohini also donates her time to voluntary and advisory groups working on behalf of black and minority ethnic communities in Scotland, particularly women and also older and vulnerable members of the community.