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Basira

Objectives

  • PromotIng justice and equality as key values that protect women’s dignity
  • Creating positive connections through British Arab women in the UK and across the Middle East
  • Promoting cross-cultural understanding between Eastern and Western cultures through women’s universal rights
  • Working to build a mutual culture of peace, protecting every woman’s honor and dignity, and enhancing a global future where security is guaranteed to all

Aims

  • To create an open, safe space where Muslim women can have empowering and informed discussions about integration
  • To highlight the social injustices that affect Muslim women living in the UK
  • To promote cross-cultural understanding
  • To champion a culture of peace to enhance our global future security

We hope to affect change here in the UK in order to influence women’s organisations in the MENA region. We hope to highlight that women’s justice and equality is the only way to create a positive societal change that is the bedrock of democracy and international security.

We are raising awareness around the undeniable case against Sharia councils that are wholly incompatible with British legislation, and sharia rulings concerning women in particular, are regularly violating women’s rights.

We believe these unregulated councils, led often by patriarchal and traditional imams with little sympathy to issues around women’s rights, enhance segregation and have a detrimental effect on citizenship whereby the two legal systems are at odds with one another and are a barrier to community cohesion.