Thursday 23 July 2015 at 21:31A Woman Committed to Change
by Sean A. Watkins,
Kiran Bali MBE JP (pictured left in orange) is a woman you need to know. A practising Hindu from a predominantly Christian town in northern England, Kiran has been breaking barriers across faiths to create a brighter future for us all.
Through her work, Bali has founded and chaired several interfaith groups to enhance understanding among cultures to address community challenges and transform conflicts.
Of the many accomplishments she has made, one of the most astounding came in 2007 when Queen Elizabeth II honoured Kiran as Member of the British Empire (MBE) after becoming the youngest person to sit on the Kirklees Magistrates Bench. Five years later, she became the youngest person to chair the United Religions Initiative (URI) Global Council.
I had a chance to meet Kiran at the OurVoices Emerging Leaders Multi-Faith Climate Convergence in Rome last month, and the thing which captivated me most about her was her infectious laugh. Without knowing who she was or what she did, she had an energy I felt that was pure and filled with positivity. The next morning, she gave the Hindu opening words for the One Earth, One Family multi-faith climate march to a cheering crowd and was on the frontline the entire time leading slogans of justice for the environment. Speaking about her experience in Rome, she says:
The themes most apparent are that of our collective moral responsibility to act for human rights and social, environmental justice. Global faith leaders coming together in Rome has been an important and historic moment. Now is the time to join hands to create a brighter and more sustainable future through the divine spirit.OurVoices is excited to have Kiran join us as a Spiritual Ambassador.
As a woman, Kiran is breaking barriers and showing the world that women are effective actors or agents of change in relation to climate change. Kiran's bold leadership has changed the lives of many regardless of colour, caste, or creed, and she is an inspiration for the future we all want: a brighter and more sustainable future through the divine spirit.
Photo via OurVoices–Alex Price