ABDA KHAN Writer ~ Speaker ~ Lawyer
Abda Khan was born in inner city Bradford, England, in 1969. She was the seventh of eight children to Pakistani immigrant parents, and the first of their children to be born in the UK. Her father fought for the British Indian Army in the Second World War in the Burma Campaign. Her father worked in the wool mills and her mother was a housewife.
Abda was the first child in her family to sit ‘A’ level examinations, and go on to higher education. Abda studied in Manchester and graduated with a law degree in 1991, and after successfully passing her Law Society Final Exams in 1992, she started work as an Articled Clerk (nowadays referred to as a Trainee Solicitor) in the town of Keighley, North Yorkshire. In 1994, she qualified as a Solicitor and began work in a busy Criminal Law firm in Bradford. She married in 1995 and moved to Birmingham, where she set up her own law practice in Smethwick, in 1997. She now lives with her family in Solihull.
Abda also writes short stories, poems, guest writes for various publications, and runs creative writing workshops privately for individuals wishing to improve their writing skills and in collaboration with others.
Aside from her legal work and her writing, Abda undertakes voluntary work; as a Mentor, as a Trustee with Birmingham & Solihull Women's Aid , and she is also a Women of the Future Ambassador.
Abda is passionate about women's rights, and many social issues, especially 'honour' based violence, forced marriage, modern day slavery and human trafficking.
Abda has received recognition for her work; a True Honour Award from IKWRO in 2017, and she was Highly Commended as a Finalist in the Nat West Asian Women of Achievement Awards 2017 in the Arts & Culture category.
Abda was named the 'Your Saheli Inspirational Woman of the Year ' 2018. Most recently Abda was awarded the Noor Inayat Khan Woman of the Year Award at the British Muslim Awards 2019
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