BFWG hosts emotional COVID-19 Meet & Greet - 19 June 2021

Standing in solidarity with India and other countries going through a humanitarian crisis due to COVID-19, British Federation of Women Graduates (BFWG) hosted, on 19 June 2021, a Session on ‘Meet & Greet’ with IFUWA. The event began with a candle lighting ceremony and sitar recording of Maestro Ravi Shanker playing in the background. The members paid tribute to all lives lost due to Covid. The Speaker, Dr Deepa Agarwal, spoke of her true moving story, how she flew from the UK to look after her mother who was in the hospital suffering from COVID-19 in India.

All members who attended the event had an opportunity to share experiences and comments. As news was received of the sad loss of Dr Aquila Islam, CIR of Pakistan Federation of University Women (PFUW) during the event, attendees observed a minute of silence for her. To concluding music included an Indian song filmed in London and Imagine, played by the Beatles. A truly moving and an interesting experience enjoyed by all through friendship and unity.

“This event has certainly strengthened the bond and made us so proud to belong to this amazing organisation”, writes Phull. “We received excellent feedback from our own members and members abroad. Truly, a very successful solidarity event that brought us closer to the distant members”, she adds.

GWI applauds BFWG and IFUWA for hosting this special ‘Meet & Greet’. The stories shared were touching and meaningful during these COVID-19 times.

Submitted by Jasmit Phull, President BFWG