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UK: Is faith based agenda compatible with minority women’s rights

Friday 16 April 2010, by siawi2

Thursday 13th May 5.00-6.30pm,

In collaboration with SOAS Centre for Gender Studies

Pragna Patel, Director of Southall Black Sisters

“Cohesion, Faith and Gender: Is the cohesion and faith based agenda compatible with gender equality for minority women?”

with guest speaker from Women Against Fundamentalism.

Room B102 School of Oriental and African Studies, Brunei Gallery, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG (Nearest tube: Russell Square/ Goodge Street).

A new government agenda lauds faith based leadership, but what does this mean for Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) women? Looking back over years of experience and research, Pragna Patel evaluates the new government policy on cohesion and faith, asking ask whether gender equality for minority women is being undermined; whether religion discriminates against women; and whether gender based violence and abuse are escaping recrimination under the current approach. Ultimately, she asks, should faith based identities be institutionalised and allowed to form the basis of government programmes and service delivery?

Pragna Patel is a founding member of the Southall Black Sisters, a not-for-profit organisation, with 30 years experience of challenging violence against women. The organisation was established to empower women and help them to gain more control over their lives, to live without fear of violence and assert their human rights to justice, equality and freedom. Pragna is also a founding member of Women Against Fundamentalism. She has written extensively on race, gender and religion.


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