Celebrating Zoroastrian Women at the UK Asian Women Awards


June 19, 2024

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The Asian Women Awards (AWA) in the UK have long been a beacon of recognition for Asian women who have made significant strides in their careers, personal causes, and communities. Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the AWA continues to shine a spotlight on the achievements of these remarkable women across eight diverse categories: business, tech, entrepreneurship, arts & culture, media, public service, professionals, and young achievers.

The awards have grown to become a prestigious event, with past nominees and winners going on to accomplish extraordinary projects and initiatives. The network of these inspiring women is thriving, supported by high-profile patrons, supporters, and judges including Cherie Blair (wife of Tony Blair). Esteemed sponsors like NatWest, the English Cricket Board, KPMG, and the Financial Times further bolster the event’s prominence.

A key figure in advocating for the AWA and championing the cause of these awards is Shernaz Engineer, the WZCC UK chapter Chair. Shernaz’s dedication to promoting the awards and connecting individuals with the AWA community has significantly elevated the profile of the Zoroastrian community within this esteemed circle.

This year, three Zoroastrian women made it to the highly competitive shortlist: Shirin Amani Azari (Public Service), Jasmine Dotiwala (Media), and Sheherazad Kapadia (Young Achiever).

Among them, Jasmine and Sheherazad emerged as winners in their respective categories, both highlighting the Zoroastrian community in their acceptance speeches.

Sheherazad’s award was particularly notable for recognizing the impact of the 8th World Zoroastrian Youth Congress (8WZYC) and the vital role of the Zoroastrian community in uplifting and supporting each other.

The accomplishments of these women are a testament to the strength and resilience of the Zoroastrian community, and their recognition at the AWA underscores the importance of diversity and representation in celebrating achievements.

For more details on the shortlisted candidates and winners, visit AWA Awards.

About Sheherazad Kapadia


Sheherazad Kapadia is an emerging leader and dynamic young achiever within the Zoroastrian community. Known for her exceptional dedication and impact, Sheherazad has played a pivotal role in numerous community initiatives, most notably her involvement with the 8th World Zoroastrian Youth Congress (8WZYC). Her efforts in organizing and promoting this significant event have been widely recognized, showcasing her leadership and organizational skills. As a passionate advocate for youth empowerment and community cohesion, Sheherazad has consistently worked towards creating platforms that uplift and connect Zoroastrian youth globally. Her recent accolade at the Asian Women Awards as a Young Achiever highlights her contributions and the positive influence she has within and beyond her community. Sheherazad’s dedication to her heritage and her forward-thinking approach make her a prominent figure among the new generation of Zoroastrian leaders.

About Jasmine Dotiwala


Jasmine Dotiwala is a dynamic media professional and broadcaster known for her multifaceted career spanning over two decades. With roots in the Zoroastrian community, Jasmine has made significant strides in the media industry, working with renowned organizations such as MTV, Channel 4, and the BBC. She has excelled as a television producer, presenter, and journalist, earning acclaim for her insightful and engaging content. Jasmine’s work often highlights underrepresented voices and communities, reflecting her commitment to diversity and inclusion. In addition to her media endeavors, she is a passionate advocate for the arts and a mentor to young aspiring professionals, helping to shape the future of the industry. Jasmine’s recent recognition at the Asian Women Awards further cements her status as a trailblazer and influential figure in the media landscape.