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Sunday 31 March 201910.00 to 18.00

A one-day session exploring the barriers facing Muslim women in Britain today. Featuring keynote speakers, workshops and networking opportunities, join us as we discuss privilege, politics, empowerment, education, work and family - and how Muslim women navigate these to #balanceforbetter.…

In honour of International Women’s Day, the Muslim Council of Britain, UCL Women’s Network and Muslim Aid are launching the Women’s Conference.

Designed to equip attendees with practical tools, networks and information, the conference will have a range of workshops and talks covering a range of topics!


Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a Sudanese-Australian writer, broadcaster and award-winning social advocate. She trained as a mechanical engineer and worked on oil and gas rigs around Australia for almost half a decade before becoming a full-time writer and broadcaster in 2016. A regular viral sensation, Yassmin’s appearance on Q&A with former Senator Jacqui Lambie was viewed over 12 million times in less than a week, spurring a global conversation about being a young Muslim woman of colour in the West today. With over a decade’s experience in non-profit governance, Yassmin founded her first organisation, Youth Without Borders, at the age of 16.

Suhaiymah Manzoor Khan is a writer, spoken-word poet, speaker, and educator invested in unlearning the modalities of knowledge she has internalised, disrupting power relations, and interrogating narratives around race/ism, gender(ed oppression), Islamophobia, state violence, knowledge production and (de)coloniality. Suhaiymah was the runner-up of the 2017 Roundhouse Poetry Slam and her poem, This Is Not a Humanising Poemgained 2 million online views; was short-listed for the 2018 Outspoken Prize for Performance Poetry.

Mahmoudat Sanni-Oba is an accounting and finance graduate from the London School of Economics. She runs the lifestyle and personal development blog, Myrihlaand co-hosts the ‘Bookversations’ podcast. 

Rahima Mahmut is a London-based singer, translator, human rights activist, and public speaker. She was born in Ghulja, near the border of Kazakhstan. She has lived in the UK since 2000. She is fluent in English, Uyghur, Mandarin, and Turkish. Her translation of The Land Drenched in Tears, a first-hand account of life for ethnic minorities in Mao’s China, won English PEN’s writers in translation award.

What do we have lined up?

Talks and workshops covering:

  1. Women and Islamic scholarship,
  2. Self-defence: the basics,
  3. Safeguarding and sexual ethics,
  4. Allies; what can men do?
  5. Politics and Public life and much more!

Taking place in collaboration with several organisations, this event aims to:

  • Provide you with an introduction into the Muslim Council of Britain’s programmes related to women

  • Provide an opportunity for women of all ages to interact with people from different sectors and find mentors

  • Encourage male attendees to understand privilege and how to extend solidarity with women to become allies

  • Discuss barriers Muslim women face, and how MCB/other organisations are best placed to deal with these

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