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Declaration of office for Kurshida Mirza BEM as the High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire 2024-5

On Sunday, 14 April 2024 Kurshida Mirza, BEM became the 790th High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire, the first British Muslim woman of Asian heritage to take on the Office of High Sheriff in the County of Buckinghamshire. The office of High Sheriff is an independent non-political Royal appointment for a single year.

The role of the modern High Sheriff is to:

● Uphold the Crown and Judiciary
● Support and promote the work of the police, the probation and prison services, the emergency services and crime prevention and reduction agencies
● Convene and champion the voluntary, public and business sectors

Kurshida’s year in the office of High Sheriff is informed by and rooted in her core Islamic values of Peace, Justice, and Love for humanity, and her Interfaith work. Inspired by her mother who always put the needs of others before her own giving voice to many women when they had no one to turn to, Kurshida will focus on creating opportunities to further inclusivity. She will prioritise activities, interventions and visits to charities and organisations that work with diverse communities to tackle social exclusion, strengthen communities and create partnerships.

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