A special conference celebrating women was organised by members of the BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir in Preston. BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha hosted the event as part of the UN’s International Women’s Day (IWD). The BAPS’s celebration was inspired and guided by His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj, the spiritual leader and inspirer of BAPS activities across the world. The conference, entitled “Celebrating Women: Save, Sustain & Shine”, focussed on key themes – such as saving and budgeting, ways in which we can contribute to a sustainable environment and finding time to develop knowledge and skills to achieve personal excellence.
Chief guest Councillor Nweeda Khan said: “Thank you for inviting me to celebrate this wonderful event today.Let us use this opportunity to celebrate the fantastic achievements that women have made as well as sharing and learning new experiences. There has never been a better time to be a woman.”
Other chief guests including Dr April Melia from UCLan also joined and supported the event.
The live panel discussion welcomed Janet Broughton (Yoga Teacher), Amita Limbachia (Influencer) and Kailash Parekh (MBE and JP) who all shared insights from their incredible journeys demonstrating that it is never too late to learn and grow, enabling us to help those in need and make a positive impact.
Dipa Dave, a BAPS volunteer who helped to organise the event, said, “His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj regularly reminds us that we should always be striving to improve ourselves and serve others. Leading by example, he teaches us that with unity and kindness, we can all make a positive contribution towards a happy, healthy and harmonious society.
“In celebration of International Women’s Day this year, we hope this programme empowered women to feel motivated to commit time for personal development and in turn enrich communities and protect the environment.”
Similar conferences will also be held at over 20 other BAPS mandirs and centres around the UK.
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