FPM News

Press Release

7th March 2014

The Muslim Council of Britain celebrate the unprecedented numbers of British Muslim women involved in public life such as: Rushanara Ali MP, Yasmin Qureshi MP and Shabana Mahmood MP; as well as Baroness Warsi, Baroness Lady Uddin and Baroness Lady Hussin-Ece in the House of Lords.

Muslim women are also distinguishing themselves academically in top Universities and taking leadership positions in Islamic Societies (ISOCs), such as: Sara Mohamed at Imperial, Samia Aziz at Cambridge and Aayan Hussein the President of the Oxford University ISOC.

In the world of finance Farmida Bi is Head of Islamic Finance at Norton Rose Fulbright and in sport Muslim Women’s Sports Foundation are challenging traditional notions of femininity.

The Muslim Women’s Association recently celebrated 51 years as a UK organisation. Their President, Mrs Unaiza Malik, who is also the Deputy Treasurer of the MCB says, “The Muslim Council have adopted a new constitution this year which ensures that at least one third of the voting delegates are women. As a founding affiliate member we have witnessed the developmental role played by the MCB in supporting women, and the emergence and burgeoning of natural talent which promises a bright future for Muslim women in the UK.  The International Women’s Day is an occasion for us to acknowledge the contribution made by each and every one of the women in elevating the role of women in our society.”

The Muslim Council also applauds the inspirational campaign led by Fahma Mohamed, a 17 year old student, who met with the education secretary, Michael Gove, to ask him to write to every school in the country about the horrors of FGM, which he agreed to.

Also many congratulations to Warsan Shire, a Kenyan born British-Somali, who won the coveted title of Young Poet Laureate for London announced in October 2013.  She will spend the next year creating work that reflects the ever-changing city.  She is also part of a new wave of British Somali writers and activists and is supporting Fahma on the eradication of FGM.

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Notes to Editors:

The Muslim Council of Britain is the UK’s largest Muslim umbrella body with over
500 affiliated national, regional and local organisations, mosques,
charities and schools.

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The Muslim Council of Britain
PO Box 57330
London
E1 2WJ
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