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British Muslim Women: Marginalised and missing from the Brexit debate
Wed 3 May 2017, 18:30 – 20:00 BST
Event hosted by Rushanara Ali, MP
British Muslim women have often been the brunt of media attention and right wing political agendas. Whether it's around how we dress or saving us from our own communities, we are a topic of interest to suit the needs of specific political ideologies.
However, it is often those very women who are neglected to have a seat on the table during important political changes, and Brexit seems to be no different. This is especially evident when major discussions seem interested in only hearing the voices of women within London, and marginalising the voices of those who reside elsewhere in the country.
We have seen the rise of Islamophobic attacks since the Brexit vote, which according to Tell MAMA rose by an incredible 326% with much of the abuse targeted towards Muslim women, specifically those who were more visibly Muslim.
A report by the Women and Equalities Committee found that Muslim women were three times more likely to be unemployed than their counter parts, with increasing discrimination by employees towards Muslim women. With the uncertainties that come with Brexit and what it means for workers rights, there is a worry that instead of tackling this concern, that we may end up in a more difficult position.
These are just two issues out of many that impact on British Muslim women. This roundtable discussion will offer British Muslim women an opportunity to engage in the discussions from their perspective as to the pertinent issues which they face or feel they will be facing with the triggering of Article 50 as well as any potential opportunities.
Speakers include, Rushunara Ali MP, Ivana Bartoletti and Shaista Aziz
Spaces are limited so please book quickly!