Our director Pragna Patel received an honorary doctorate from Keele University for her ‘outstanding contribution to women’s rights, social justice and secularism’.
Pragna thanked the University for the honour. In her acceptance speech, she said:
“…No one achieves anything on their own…the history of SBS is a history of collective vision, endeavour and achievement. I accept this award on behalf of SBS and the countless women with whom I have had the privilege to work over the last four decades…I am fortunate to work with women whose everyday battles for freedom and justice and rights continue to inspire me…to construct a politics of dissent and hope. Dissent is necessary to speak truth to power, and hope is necessary to counter the dominant and pessimistic ideologies of hate and violence that are raging all around us. Together, dissent and hope form the bedrock of a more progressive politics of solidarity based on the principle that an injustice to one is an injustice to all”.
I accept this award on behalf of @SBSisters and the women I have worked with over the last decade.
I thank the many colleagues and friends who have travelled with me on this journey, and who seek to make a difference in this world. pic.twitter.com/C1RWhK8O4x
— Keele University (@KeeleUniversity) July 17, 2019
Yesterday some of our WOKE community organisers got to meet Pragna Patel and discuss the research they do, the volunteering they do and the work WOKE has been doing over the last year. Truly an honour and privilege #intersectionalfeminism @SBSisters @JaneKrishnadas
— WomenOfKeeleEducate (@KeeleOf) July 19, 2019
I am in awe of this amazing woman whose work transforms the lives of the most vulnerable in society. It was a real privilege to deliver her oration @EqualityKeele @KeeleUniversity @LawatKeele @SBSisters https://t.co/lJwFn48SRv
— Rachel Adams (@rladams6) July 19, 2019
@SBSisters @KeeleUniversity honoured to hear today of the amazing working Pragna Patel has undertaken to support BAME women in the UK. Well deserved Doctorate awarded at Keele uni pic.twitter.com/5tj3EzvbhF
— Zoe Sargent (@ZoeASargent) July 17, 2019
Congratulations to #PragnaPatel, who humbly accepted the Hon Doctor of Letters on behalf of @SBSisters having guided our @CLOCKjustice community legal companions and @KeeleOf postgrads inclusive feminist postcolonial strategies for #accesstojustice at every layer of state borders pic.twitter.com/pu229TSQqa
— Jane Krishnadas (@JaneKrishnadas) July 23, 2019
Thankful to #PragnaPatel and @SBSisters for directly advising and giving expert evidence and signposting for #legalaid for CLOCK cases to safeguard against sexual and domestic violence based on gender, race, religion, sexuality and immigration status @FLS_journal @LiPsstrategy https://t.co/l82JnA9mUV
— CLOCK (@CLOCKjustice) July 23, 2019