Pragna Patel in Leeds to talk on fundamentalism and gender on 13th November

The Taking Soundings main event in November will start with a talk by one of the founders of Southall Black Sisters, Pragna Patel. Here are the details:

Religious Fundamentalism, Multi-faithism and the Gender Question

Drawing on the work of Southall Black Sisters (SBS), this presentation will examine how State policies on ‘multifaithism’ (which has replaced multiculturalism) and privatisation threaten to undermine the gains made by black and minority women by cutting vital services and by devolving power into the hands of religious groups – the main beneficiaries of such policies. A regressive politics of identity based on religion is playing an increasing role in shaping black, especially South Asian, women’s lives in the UK and this has profound implications for our collective struggle against racism and gender-related violence. The struggle for equality and for the human rights of minority women in the UK is now inextricably linked to the struggle for secular spaces.

Pragna Patel is a founding member of the Southall Black Sisters (SBS) and Women Against Fundamentalism. She worked as a co-ordinator and senior case worker for SBS from 1982 to 1993 when she left to train and practice as a solicitor. In 2009 she returned to SBS as its Director. She has been centrally involved in some of SBS’ most important cases and campaigns around domestic violence, immigration and religious fundamentalism. She has also written extensively on race, gender and religion.

Date: Wednesday 13th November 2013

Time: 6 – 8 pm

Venue: Broadcasting Place, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds Metropolitan University (city centre campus).


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