Meenal Sachdev has become the first Indian woman to be elected as a Councillor for Hertsmere. Speaking to Asian Voice, she expressed her happiness, her struggles and her future plans.
"I am honoured to be the first Indian woman councillor elected in Hertsmere," added a proud Sachdev. "It’s a great council to be working for under the leadership of Cllr Morris Bright and we are grateful to have an excellent new MP, Oliver Dowden, who used to be David Cameron’ s Deputy Chief of Staff."
Her parents came to England in 1972 when they were exiled from Uganda. She has witnessed her family and community work extremely hard, and believes their inspirational achievements were facilitated by the positive opportunities that this country has provided them.
Meenal went to a very good school in London, graduated from SOAS and did an MPhil at the prestigious Cambridge University. Her passion lies in community service and working with vulnerable communities. "Education really excites me," added Meenal. "I believe it is fundamental to creating a strong individual, a strong community and a better world. I have studied various development and education models and invested in various schools in rural and urban areas in India. The Foundation I run works to fight the brutal crime of human trafficking and I realise through this, just how important education is to eliminating this criminal industry.
"I am excited to commit my time and skills in the most effective way to serve the local community..."