South Asian Heritage Month: a woman’s story

by | Aug 12, 2022 | Blog

My grandmother used to tell me a story from our family about a young woman from India who came to the UK when she married a British soldier posted in Central India. That’s about all I know about her, but I think about what it might have been like for her sometimes. What it was like to leave everything behind to move to a strange distant place. Coming to the UK over a hundred years ago as a young Indian woman must have been terrifying. The fact that I can’t find any records about my ancestor shows how women are made invisible or voiceless when their contributions should be celebrated or at least recognised. I am so grateful to her for the sacrifices she made and while I don’t know much about her, I know she survived and had children. I wouldn’t be here otherwise. Working with our clients I see the challenges they face and how they often don’t get the respect they deserve. Especially as mothers of children born in the UK. So, during South Asian Heritage Month I choose to remember and celebrate all the women and mothers who have come to the UK and raised a generation of children. Women who continue to work hard and put their children first in the face of difficulty and adversity.