Pragna Patel on fundamentalism and gender

Pragna Patel is a founder (in 1982) of Southall Black Sisters and Women Against Fundamentalism. In this talk she will draw on her long experience to examine how State policies on ‘multifaithism’ (which has replaced multiculturalism) and privatisation threaten to undermine the gains made by black and minority women by cutting vital services and by devolving power into the hands of religious groups – the main beneficiaries of such policies. She will argue against the regressive politics of identity that has emerged in recent years. More information here http://www.takingsoundings.org.uk/pragna-patel-in-leeds-to-talk-on-fundamentalism-and-gender/

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  • Umair

    "The government treats ethnic minorities as subjects for social policy. not as a people", I admire her astuteness. She struck right at the core of the problem without tipping in favour of neither, the religious far rights, or the bigoted lefts.

    November 14, 2013

  • Ruhannah Y

    There are few activists with the political literacy, intellectual analysis and integrity who can be as articulate as Pragna Patel.

    November 13, 2013

  • Barry N.

    Think I'll avoid this one. A white Man in that scenario? Jeez, I get enough Racism directed me on a bus thanks.

    November 12, 2013

    • Ruhannah Y

      Hi Barry, hope you were just trying to be funny? Pragna Patel and others bravely addressing the fundamentalism of patriarchal religions are opposing those organised systems' racism - by exposing the Catholic Church or Zionism or Islamic xenophobia, for example, they are not creating racism, but seeking to expose the many ways it is manufactured and expressed, in order that it can be addressed.

      1 · November 12, 2013

    • Barry N.

      Yes I was trying. Sorry. When I have my cheeky head on I'll mention to someone they shouldn't be so Racist, on a bus for example, and their answer is always I'm Black I can't be Racist... Duh?

      November 13, 2013

  • Adrian

    i don't know anyone going to this meetup. is anyone meeting before?

    November 12, 2013

    • Ruhannah Y

      Right then. I will be wearing a red scRf.

      November 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I think you know me, so you'll recognise one person!

      November 13, 2013

  • Adrian

    i've been reading about and watching some films about Ayaan Hirshi Ali and am interested in how Pragna Patel's ideas relate to Ali's

    November 12, 2013

  • Ruhannah Y

    I was involved in the women against fundamentalism group when I lived in London. I have just posted in the Discussion tab above, to help clarify what this meeting will be about. It is NOT about addressing the sexism of individual males, but systems of oppression and privilege.

    November 12, 2013

  • Pascal

    Oops. Double booked unfortunately.

    October 31, 2013

  • Ruhannah Y

    Definitely going ! This speaker provides moral and conceptual clarity that clears out the relativist nonsense that liberal blind spots rest upon.

    1 · October 28, 2013

  • maxfarrar

    Pragna is an inspiring speaker who stands up for women and the whole of the anti-capitalist movement. Her organisations' stand against fundamentalism of all varieties (Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Sikh and Muslim) has broken new ground and deserves everyone's support. The meeting is at Broadcasting Place, Woodhouse Lane.

    October 28, 2013

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