Shaista Gohir: Prioritise voices of Muslim women


The head of the Muslim Women’s Network has claimed women are being used as a political football in the debate about sharia courts. Shaista Gohir penned an open letter ahead of a meeting of the home affairs select committee inquiry into sharia courts on Tuesday (1). In it, she argues while some anti-faith activists conflate “misogyny and patriarchy with extremism”, religious conservatives falsely claim that discrimination does not take place in the sharia court system. The letter follows the launch of an inquiry earlier this year into the operation of sharia courts in the UK to ensure their principles are…

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