Tonight, I invited Wandsworth Police to join our community to discuss how they’re working with Wandsworth Council to tackle violence against women and girls.
Making our community safe is a key priority for me. My door is always open. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Today, I am marking International Women's Day 2023 by celebrating some of the inspiring women who make Tooting the best place to work and live.
Here are just some of Tooting's amazing women:
Sahar Beg - Sahar, and her amazing team of volunteers, run the Tooting Community Kitchen, which has provided hot meals, toiletries, and care packages to those in need since 2018.
Sophie Livingstone - Sophie, and the team at Little Village, are hardworking local activists providing vital support at their baby bank in Tooting.
Kate Allan - Kate is a leading member of the Balham and Tooting Community Association (BATCA). BATCA works to organise community events, celebreate the local heroes in our area and bring people of all backgrounds together.
Cllr Sarmila Varatharaj - Sarmila was elected to serve our community as a councillor last May and is now Wandsworth's Deputy Mayor. She is a volunteer for Global Human Rights Defence and has been the spokesperson to the United Nations Human Rights Council.
Cllr Lizzy Dobres - Lizzy has been a dedicated councillor since being elected last May and has led on fighting inequality and violence against women.
Charlotte White - Charlotte is part of the fantastic team at Earlsfield Foodbank. During the most difficult of times, she has worked tirelessly to support those in need of our community.
Natasha Best - Natasha, and the team at Tooting Works, provide fantastic community and work space for many local businesses and start ups.
To all the countless other amazing women who do so much for our community, thank you.
This week, we celebrated our fantastic women business owners in Tooting. Over the last two years, many women have felt a disproportionate economic hit. Women hold the key to supercharging our economy as we recover from the pandemic.
Today I was delighted to welcome Anneliese Dodds MP to Tooting and meet with women business owners. I believe it is essential that we recognise the significant contribution women make and commit to tackling the challenges that they still face today.
Also, we welcomed some of our community's many impressive business women and community leaders to Parliament. Tooting is home to so many - it's only right we back women in business.
Lastly, a big thank you to Sir Keir Starmer MP for hosting.
Tooting Women’s Institute is looking for new members of all ages and backgrounds to join them in their monthly activities and events.
Meeting on the second Wednesday of each month, this wonderful organisation provides a place for members to learn new skills, meet others in the community, discuss topical issues, and share interests.
Previous sessions have involved everything from career mentoring and coding, to craftivism and calligraphy, while a variety of smaller groups meet to engage in more niche interests, including a supper club, which visits a new restaurant in Tooting each month, a book club, and a craft club, to name a few.
Click here for more information.