Art by Ameana Khan (HLA Scholar 2020-21 and Anaesthetic Registrar)
Name: Parizad Avari
Background: My family heritage resides mainly in India though roots originating from Persia, where my Zoroastrian foremothers emigrated from. My mother is from India and my father, originally from Africa, immigrated to make a life in the UK before taking a career opportunity in the Middle East; this led to me being born in the United Arab Emirates.
Education: Bart’s and the London Medical School.
Professional career: Doctor (Specialist Registrar in Diabetes and Endocrinology) and Clinical Researcher in Diabetes technology.
Challenges: Being female and of ethnic-origin never really struck me as being different growing up abroad in an international school, with parents who believed in daughters having equal opportunities. Fast forward to this post coronavirus world, where the impacts of the disease are being particularly felt in the BAME community and under 5% of senior positions are held by ethnic minorities and women form an even smaller percentage – it is clear we still have room for progress. I am fortunate to be working within in a team that recognises the efforts of all individuals and gives opportunities and responsibilities based on performance rather than genetics.
Message: “Diversity in the modern world is beyond just skin colour – it’s gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, social background – and most important of all…. diversity of thought” – Idris Elba
About This Art Series:
Inspired by the poster “We Can Do It” aka “Rosie the Riveter”, who has served as a powerful symbol to many women and has motivated and provided strength to many individuals throughout society. Ameana has created a series of work (which is on going) to celebrate the many strong women within out NHS workforce.
The NHS workforce is made up of a diverse community, however, like many organisation there are also some inequalities that are embedded within the NHS. In order to gain insight into the thoughts of other NHS workers, Ameana has requested her colleagues to be her muses and tell the story of their background and the challenges they have faced as women and as being a part of the ethnic minority. In her series of art pieces, she has used an urban style to-accentuate the powerful role the women play as NHS workers. She has written strong women in English as well as their native language.