Social and Economic Integration of British Muslim Women
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Social and Economic Integration of British Muslim Women
18 July @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
It is important to discuss what drives social and economic exclusion among British Muslim women. Levels of female unemployment continue to be stubbornly high within the UK’s Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities – the country’s two largest Muslim-majority ethnic minority groups. In addition to this, birthrates remain relatively high within such communities – comfortably above the national average. These long-standing trends raise important questions over the social integration and socio-economic empowerment of Muslim women in the British context. To what extent are ultra-conservative gender roles acting as a roadblock to social inclusion and economic empowerment? Is patriarchal hierarchy a genuine problem within British Muslim communities? Are our political leaders doing enough to facilitate the integration of British Muslim women into the social and economic spheres of life?
The Henry Jackson Society is delighted to invite you to this highly important event on the social and economic integration of women in British Muslim communities, discussing the factors which contribute towards forms of social exclusion and economic inactivity.
Nimco Ali was born in Somalia and grew up in the UK, where she studied at Bristol University and went on to work as a civil servant and an independent training consultant. She is the Co-founder of The Five Foundation, a non-profit organisation set up in 2019 to support and protect young women from communities that practise female genital mutilation (FGM). FGM is a set of procedures that involve partial or total removal of external female genitalia, including the clitoris and labia, and sometimes also infibulation – narrowing of the vaginal opening by creating a seal by sewing up the labia. It is carried out before puberty, and often on girls very much younger.
Emma Fox is a Research Fellow in the Centre on Radicalisation and Terrorism. Emma’s work specialises on UK extremist networks and their exploitation of institutions within civil society. She was previously the Director of Student Rights – analysing the vulnerability of students to extremism within Higher Education. As Student Rights Director, Emma published the ‘Extreme Speakers and Events: 2017/18’ and ‘Profiting from Prejudice: How Mend’s ‘IAM’ Campaign Legitimised Extremism’ reports. Her work has been published across the national media; including in The Daily Telegraph and The Times. Emma holds a first-class degree in Classical Civilisation from the University of Leeds.
Iram Ramzan is a journalist from Greater Manchester currently working for The Sunday Times, with experience in writing about issues relating to South Asian and Muslim communities. She is also the founder and editor of the website Sedaa, a platform that gives a voice to those of Muslim heritage – both religious and none. Iram decided to set up Sedaa after seeing a lack of progressive voices in the media, particularly those of Muslim background. She pitched the website idea to the Women in Journalism committee, for which she was shortlisted in the Georgina Henry Prize 2015, and a subsequent runner up in the 2015 Press Awards. The judges said, “Never has there been a greater need for such a forum” and were taken with her “New, fresh voice from the North West of England”.
Baroness Falkner of Margravine entered the House of Lords in 2004. She is Chairman of the EU Sub-Committee on Financial Affairs, a Member of the Joint-Committee on National Security Strategy and Visiting Professor at King’s College London. She chaired the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs (2000–15), and has served on the Constitution Committee, the Joint Committee on Human Rights, and several EU committees. She served on the Prime Minister’s Taskforce on Tackling Muslim Extremism established after the London bombings in July 2005. Her academic background is in International Relations.
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