Farkhanda Chaudhry is the first Muslim women Justice of the Peace in Scotland. She was awarded a MBE in 2004 for supporting women’s social and political development in Iraq in her capacity as the Gender Advisor to the Coalition Authority and was nominated by the Muslim News Awards for her contribution to international relations. She was awarded the Women of the Year Award in 2005 from Universim (University of Peace and Culture) based in Lugano, Switzerland. She was a serving commissioner for two consecutive years for the Women’s National Commission and has been Chair of the Muslim Women’s Network at a UK level. Currently she is serving on the National Muslim Women’s advisory board established by the Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government, Hazel Blears.
In Scotland she is a member of the strategic working group on faith and belief. She has been active in the voluntary sector for over 20 years and worked on a range of issues, pprimarily race equality. At a community level she has developed and facilitated the creation and development of organizations such as BEMIS and the Muslim Council of Scotland. She is also committed to enhancing community relations through interfaith development which has taken her across the world. In her capacity as a consultant she designs and delivers training, capacity building, project management and research at a local, national and international level. She is a mother of five children and grandmother of three.