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Empowerment & Equality: Muslim Women in the United Kingdom

  • Dec 10, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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There are so many misunderstandings about Muslim women in Western society that Yasmin Qureshi MP has agreed to host a meeting in the House of Commons on this topic. We hope to look at

• The positive role Muslim women play in our society

• Look at some positive role models

• Discuss dress, culture and women's rights

• Understand what equality means in a diverse and multicultural society

This meeting is being organised by GlobalNet21 and TVApex and we hope to associate this event with some interviews and material on Internet TV.

Yasmin Qureshi MP. Yasmin has been actively involved in community work for over twenty years with the Citizen Advice Bureau and local law centres. She has been the governor for a college and three schools. She is passionate about public service and firm in her commitment to work for the people of Bolton South-east. Yasmin has worked in the Government Legal Service and the Crown Prosecution Service. She was the Head of the Criminal Legal Section of the UN Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) and later the Director of the department of Judicial Administration in Kosovo. Yasmin has acted as Human Rights advisor to the former London Mayor Ken Livingstone.

Dr Shaheen Chaudhry JP is The High Sheriff of Bristol, the first Muslim woman to hold that position. Born in Pakistan, Dr Chaudhry went to Knowle Junior School, The Red Maids and studied at Bristol University. A doctor of social policy and politics, the 55-year-old is also a lay member on mental health tribunals across the South West and used to be a non-executive member of the North Bristol NHS Trust board. Dr Chaudhry founded the organisation now called Health Links to improve access to healthcare for people whose first language is not English, and was a director for 16 years.

Rabia Bhatti. On May the 6th 2011, Rabia hit global headlines as she became the Youngest Elected Muslim Female Politician in the United Kingdom. Prior to this, at the age of 18 Rabia was appointed as a School Governor, making her the youngest female School Governor in Britain, followed by becoming the First President of Aylesbury College just a few months later at the age of 19.

Bashan Rafique is Chair person of The UK All Pakistan Women's Association. She has been a prominent member of many fundraising committees representing Pakistan in the United Kingdom for the last twenty years. She is the Honorary Cultural Patron at Asia House, a member of the International Alliance for Women and Governor at South Camden Community School – London.  Her experience includes events planning and Bashan has raised over £ 3 million for a variety of UK and Pakistani charities

We hope that this meeting will create a dialogue about equality, empowerment and the role of women in a culturally mixed society and how we can all achieve a better understanding of each other in a positive way.

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  • John W.

    Please introduce speakers more fully.Mikes and loop system would have helped! Room got very hot!

    December 11, 2013

  • John W.

    It is worth reading the 2 reports about women on the Faith Matters website - recommended mosques and anti-women incidents. See

    December 9, 2013

  • M Noor Nabiul A.

    How can I get help and cooperation to build up my thought?

    December 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can the panel guide us and facilitate our understanding on what we as non-Islamic UK citizens and UK residents need to do to build consensus with the diverse British-Muslim communities here in the UK so as to help each other to build our country? How can we, together build & cherish this wonderful country we call home and respect each others' diverse backgrounds? How can we have the ability to grow as individuals as well as a collective nation and become comfortable to share and uphold our own cultural backgrounds and belief systems? How can we reassure each other that from whatever background we come from that we have the potential to grow and learn from each other?

    December 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Every culture and faith system has to respond to the challenges of diversity and inclusion. How do we collectively respond to the need for the Inclusion and Empowerment of Women, Minorities, People with Disabilities and above all Include the Host Communities to actively participate in the process of individual empowerment & nation building?

      December 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I believe in a diverse society where each one of us who aspires to live together with respect and understanding can do so by sharing each others' awareness of our diverse cultures and by upholding and embracing our diverse cultures which also includes our English etiquettes and ways of life. This will take a proactive approach and an ability to connect with and understand the needs of one's own community and the needs of our neighbouring communities here in the UK. There are some misperceptions that are being encouraged from all communities which are based on fear of difference and on cultural supremacy. But this does not have to be. Every culture, faith & belief system can learn from each other. 1/2

    December 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      No one culture is completely homogenous nor has it complete authority over humanity but every culture can improve and evolve through the very people who uphold it. Our faith in each other through trust and mutual respect can help us achieve greater understanding but as long as we believe that our way is better or the only way to live then our attempts for mutual empowerment will stop and cease to continue. 2/2

      December 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    i look forward to attending - there is so much positive work to be celebrated if only the media would focus on this.

    December 3, 2013

  • Alisdair B.

    Sorry, can't make it. Got myself double booked. It is an interesting topic in a great venue.

    November 28, 2013

  • John W.

    That's a lot to ask Anisa - any suggestions as to who should be invited?

    November 23, 2013

  • John W.

    Julie Siddiqui and Zahra Imame ought to be invited! I will send them an email about it.

    November 22, 2013

  • Ammar H.

    Would've loved to attend, but cannot. Excellent topic.. Thank you.

    November 21, 2013

  • Joanna N.

    I am looking forward to coming along to this event to talk about the problems that Muslim Women have in The United Kingdom.

    November 13, 2013

  • Alia

    What a wonderful event.Look forward to the online debate leading up to the event even though I cannot attend.

    November 13, 2013

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