Thursday May 25, 2023
Wow, hold on to your hats – there’s some big news coming in from Toxteth! In a move that is sure to set tongues wagging, the fabulous Rahima Farah has been elected as the newest Labour councilor. You won’t believe this – she’s the first Somali Muslim woman to ever hold this position! Talk about breaking down barriers and smashing that glass ceiling – this is surely a momentous occasion.
It seems that Farah’s victory was pretty much a landslide – she managed to win over 75% of the votes in the recent election, easily beating out the Green Party. When asked about her win, she explained that she was thrilled with the response she had received, and hoped that it might inspire others too.
“I’m really proud to be the first Somali Muslim woman on the council. It’s so important that we represent all parts of society, and I hope that my success can act as a beacon of hope to others who might feel like they don’t have a voice.”
Farah has spent over 20 years working in Toxteth, so she knows the area like the back of her hand. And, coming from a minority background herself, she’s always been passionate about helping those who might feel ignored or neglected. She’s particularly focused on issues related to health inequality, and wants to do everything she can to improve the lives of those around her.
“It can be tough when you’ve got a government who just doesn’t seem to care about the needs of ordinary people. But I’m determined to make a real difference in Toxteth, and to make people feel like they have a voice. I hope that I can inspire the next generation to go out there and grab their dreams too!”
If you thought that Farah’s win was the only remarkable achievement for Muslims in the world of politics recently, then think again. In Bolton, Councilor Mohammed Ayub was just elected as the new mayor, and Councilor Yasmine Dar has become the first ever female, Muslim, Asian Lord Mayor of Manchester. Meanwhile, over in Salisbury, Cllr Atiqul Hoque has just become the first British Bangladeshi Muslim to take up the position of mayor.