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Zerbanoo is a human rights campaigner, author and founder of The ASHA Centre, a charity working for the enrichment of young adults, with an outstanding track record in delivering transformative education in the fields of ethical leadership, social innovation, sustainable living, intercultural and interfaith understanding, and the performing arts. www.ashacentre.org.
Zerbanoo Gifford holds the International Woman of the Year Award 2006 for her humanitarian work, which spans over fifty years of grassroots and global activism. www.zerbanoogifford.org
In 1989 Zerbanoo received the Nehru Centenary Award for her work championing the rights of women, children and minorities. A pioneer for Asian Women in British politics, she was in 1982 elected a Councillor in Harrow and was the first ethnic minority woman to stand for parliament. Zerbanoo chaired the Commission ‘Looking into ethnic minority involvement in British Life’ and was a member of the committee advising the British Home Secretary.
A director of Anti-Slavery International, she was awarded the Freedom of the City of Lincoln, Nebraska, for combating modern slavery and racism. In 2007, Zerbanoo received the international Splendor Award in Hollywood, for her lifetime achievements in the field of equality and human rights. In 2010 to celebrate the 90th Anniversary of American Suffrage she was honoured by the Sewall-Belmont Museum in Washington DC in an exhibition commemorating key global women who have advanced women’s rights.
Author of seven books, including ‘Thomas Clarkson and the Campaign Against Slavery’, and ‘Dadabhai Naoroji, Britain’s First Asian M.P.’ with her latest being ‘Confessions to a Serial Womaniser – Secrets of the Worlds Inspirational Women’. It highlighted the lives of 300 exceptional women from 60 countries, for which she was awarded Britain’s ‘NESTA (National Endowment of Science Technology and Arts) Fellowship’. Zerbanoo’s biography ‘An Uncensored Life’ by Farida Master is published by Harper Collins.