Icons by Alisha Dar
Over the last 75 years, The London borough of Waltham Forest has become home to a sizeable Pakistani community. During this epoch, the community has grown and there have been whispers of struggle, readjustment and triumph. These stories are rarely heard. The community is ever prospering and I take great pride in seeing how well my community has integrated with the principles of Britishness whilst managing to preserve their roots from erosion. It is a testament to what a multicultural society can look like. More specifically, the Pakistani women from this borough, like myself, are thriving better than ever before in our history and my portrayal of them shines a light on the self-confidence of the intelligent, courageous and beautiful individuals whose positivity will continue to enhance the development of their community for years to come.