Drabu Family

A panel-led discussion and fundraiser chaired by BBC presenter, Mishal Husain, on 22nd November 2019.

This event is being held in honour and memory of the late Judge Drabu and his legacy of bringing communities together. It will be the first of an annual series dedicated to issues of social justice. The topic this year will examine citizenship against a backdrop of 70 million people displaced in 2018[1] and the rise of nationalism in politics.

Join us to hear from panel speakers who will consider what citizenship means now, and the importance of citizenship in building a fair and inclusive society.

The session will be chaired by broadcaster Mishal Husain under Chatham House rules and she will be joined by Zrinka Bralo, CEO of Migrants OrganiseNitin Sawhney, producer and musician; Hassan Damluji, Deputy Director for Global Policy and Advocacy, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; and Riz Ahmed, actor, rapper and activist. 

About Young Citizens

This education charity has been chosen as this year’s charity event partner. Young Citizens helps young people become active, engaged and motivated citizens, who are able to contribute positively to their communities – whether those communities are local, national or global. It believes that by helping young people play a full part in their communities, it can help strengthen democratic society. At a time when so many of our democratic institutions are under threat, the work of Young Citizens is more important than ever.

The charity's work ranges from immersive learning projects where young people learn about the legal justice system, to projects which empower children to take action on social and environmental issues they care about most. Young Citizens seeks to empower teachers and professionals volunteering from businesses with specialist training and resources to support strong education outcomes.

Their work has a single aim: to help young people be active citizens for life. Through their broad range of interventions and strategic partners they have supported 350,000 children and young people in the past year.

"This year we've supported 4,500 schools across the UK with the support of 2,500 volunteers – many of them experts in professions such as law, media, politics and economics - who volunteer with our beneficiaries. We’re delighted that in 2019, our 30th year, we have been shortlisted for the prestigious Charity Times’ Charity of the Year Award in recognition of our work."  - Tom Franklin, CEO

About Judge Khurshid Drabu, CBE

The late Judge Khurshid Hassan Drabu CBE was the most senior Muslim in the judiciary, working in the field of immigration. He was committed to building a fair, cohesive, inclusive and diverse society. He was awarded a CBE for “bringing communities together” following his extensive community work.  

My inspiration is the future of my children and grandchildren and the nation as a whole. I just hope that one day we will live in a society where there is a better understanding of each other. That is all I seek really.” - Judge Khurshid Drabu CBE

The event is being organised by the Drabu family. For further information about attending the event please contact Hamza Drabu.

[1] https://www.unhcr.org/globaltrends2018/#


Drabu Family