Pragna Patel on ‘Religious Fundamentalism, Multi-faithism and the Gender Question’

Here is the text of the important speech given by Pragna Patel, director of Southall Black Sisters, at the Taking Soundings meeting on 13th November 2013. We can’t do justice to the lively discussion, but the text (inserted below) repays careful reading, as Pragna denounces the legitimation offered under the banner of ‘multi-faithism’ to fundamentalist forms of religion which are hostile to women’s human rights. We are very grateful to Pragna for supplying us with this text and we hope it gets widely circulated. Click here to download: Pragna Patel 13 Nov 2013 final

And here is an iPhone photo of Pragna, with Zoe Courtney-Bodgener, who chaired the event, on her left:

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And now, thanks to Dan Clayton, you can watch Pragna’s speech and her response to the discussion on YouTube (it’s quite long, but it’s worth it).