Manzila Pola Uddin is one of the foremost pioneers of East London, an advocate of women’s rights since her early teens, leading the movements for social justice and human rights with a focus for the empowerment of women. This led her to becoming an elected councillor and subsequently the Deputy Leader of Tower Hamlets council.
In 1998, recognising her contribution to community and championing women’s rights, Her Majesty’s the Queen appointed her as a Member of the House of Lords. The Baroness Uddin became the first Bangladeshi to enter British Parliament and was the first Muslim appointed to the House.
Whilst in the Lords, Baroness Uddin has served as member of the Select Committee on European Affairs and chaired several Government Taskforces including Prime Minister’s Taskforce on Women, Community Cohesion and Forced Marriage. She is an officer of All Party Parliamentary Group on Commonwealth, Africa, Disability, Islamic Finance, Sudan, and International Students. She chairs National Commission on Muslim Women which leads Change The Script Campaign.
Professionally, she has worked in in Local Government and more recently with Addaction, the Zurich International Project, Breaking the Cycle, supporting families affected by substance misuse, drugs and alcohol. Baroness Uddin has served as Non-Executive Director and chaired the London Licence of Carlton Television, Board member of Autism Speak and St Katherine and Shadwell Community Trust and is a Patron of several organisations
She is blessed with five children, three daughter in laws and five grandchildren