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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