Empower Women’s Group was founded by Samina Mahmood, a British born Pakistani woman and mother. Born in 1972 in Huddersfield to a mother of 6 daughters, Samina grew up at a time when girls rarely ventured out, did not get an education and barely finished school before being flown back to Pakistan to get married.
However, Samina broke with this tradition, went to college and landed her first job at Oxfam at the age of 17. Her youth was spent with relatives before they moved to Accrington in 1980. After this Samina worked at two colleges with adult learners, as a special needs support worker, an ESOL tutor and a mentor.