Dr Miranda Brawn, Lambeth equality commissioner, patron of the Brixton Black Cultural Archives and founder of The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Foundation has been awarded Honorary Freedom of the City of London by special invitation to celebrate the centenary of Votes for Women.
Dr Brawn joins a roll call that includes the first Black President of South Africa Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Florence Nightingale and Princess Diana.
To celebrate 100 years of Women’s Suffrage, 100 women have been chosen to be awarded a Freedom of the City of London by invitation in 2018.
Dr Brawn, chosen in recognition of her contribution to diversity, banking and law, will be presented with an illuminated Freedom scroll.
When the honour was officially announced on 11 December 2018 she said:
“I am very pleased to have been invited by the Court of Common Council to be granted the Freedom of the City of London by invitation. I would like to thank the Lord Mayor Peter Estlin, the City of London Corporation, James de Sausmarez (Common Councilman for the ward of Candlewick) and Dame Fiona Woolf for this special honour.
“I have worked in the City of London throughout my whole career and I am looking forward to the ceremony, and to continue helping to increase diversity within the City of London and beyond. 2018 has been a great year especially to commemorate the centenary of women’s suffrage.
“I have been featured among history’s top women fighting for gender equality as part of Oxford University’s suffragette celebratory exhibition at the start of this year, and now I am ending the year on another high note with this amazing honour from the City of London!”
Dr Brawn is the Founder and CEO of The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership. She has been named as one of the UK’s leading diversity champions having won a Points of Light award from Prime Minister Theresa May.
Dr Miranda Brawn has her TEDxModena Women Talk released in December 2018 and her upcoming book will be out in 2020. Speaking at the recent Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Annual Lecture, she said:
“Helping one next generation is not going to change the world, but it will change the world for one next generation. If each one of us helps one next generation, together we will change the world, one future or current leader at a time. One kind wish at a time. I see the real change happening here… Justice and equality is one of the world’s pressing needs. How do we make the world fair and equal? “Togetherness!” It is together where we can change the world for the better in the City of London, across the workplace and the Globe. Do not be afraid to be part of the solution. Join me!”
The presentation ceremony will take place on 8 January 2019 in the Great Hall of the Guildhall before the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, Common Councilmen and invited guests.