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Brilliant Women! Meet Nasima Begum

Updated: Apr 23

As part of International Women's Day this year, we decided to ask some of the brilliant women we've worked with over the past year to tell us more about their careers, influences and proud moments.

Nasima Begum is a poet, producer, and creative practitioner. She's an artist and community leader. She works at Ananna (the Manchester Bangladeshi Women’s Organisation) and is on the board of Young Identity, an organisation that delivers dynamic poetry and spoken word workshops for young people.

Creative City: How do you describe the work that you do?

Nasima Begum: Performance poet, producer, and creative practitioner.

CC: Tell us about a proud moment in your career

Nasima: Being asked to by the Manchester City Council if I would like to be on the Strong Manchester Women campaign 2019.

CC: Who are some of your female role models?

Nasima: My mum, Shirley May, Safina Islam, Hafsah Bashir, Nicole May, Keisha Thompson, Fatima Al Fihri and so many more!

CC: If you could smash down one barrier that (some or all) women face today, what would it be?

Nasima: Having equal rights with equity between us as there are so many intersectional differences between us.

CC: Do you have a message to share with other women out there trying to make a positive change through the arts or through social enterprise?

Nasima: Be authentic. There is not another you. You're original and no one can replicate you, neither should you try to replicate anyone else because that is your unique selling point!

We love collaborating with Nasima, and jump at every opportunity to do so! From poetry readings to jewellery making with her girls' group, and fierce musical chairs, soap making and a women's art exhibition with the amazing women of Ananna.