Around 30 Sharia councils exist in the UK which are discriminatory against women. Sharia is the Islamic legal system, Originated from the Koran and the verdicts of Islamic scholars, called (fatwas).
Concerns have been raised that these council’s decisions have adverse consequences for women from Muslim backgrounds.
Activists like us who advocate for secularism have been warning this government and the wider society about these councils and their discriminatory approaches to women based on Islamic Sharia law.
This lecture will address problems women are facing under the dictate of religion and religious laws.
At the same time, it seeks to question western feminist consciousness and ask are women from Muslim backgrounds victims of Sharia Councils only, or are they also let down by their white sisters who might view this discriminatory laws as a matter of their “authentic culture”?