“She has stood up against patriarchy, challenged extremist Muslims and thrown the gauntlet down to far right extremists”
Sara has worked and actively campaigned for women’s rights within British Muslim communities for over 20 years. She has a wealth of experience in understanding the barriers that face Muslim women today.
In January 2015 Sara was recognised as one of Britain’s 500 most influential people, in the prestigious Debrett’s War and Peace category as someone who is working towards peace and stability in the United Kingdom. In March 2015 she was named the 2015 Kraemer Middle East Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence, the Wendy & Emery Reves Center for International Studies and the Program in Comparative Legal Studies and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding at the William & Mary School of Law in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA.
In 2009 Sara co-founded Inspire to empower Muslim women, raise awareness of the inequalities they face and challenge both religiously inspired patriarchy and extremism which seeks to marginalise women. She has been forthright in challenging male dominated British Muslim institutions but also terrorist organisations abroad like ISIS, the Taliban and Boko Haram who at their core aim to deny women and girls their rights.
In September 2014 Her organisation Inspire launched #makingastand which was supported by the Home Secretary and received a front page backing by Britian’s most popular newspaper, The Sun in October 2014.
Sara’s strength lies in her ability to connect and empower voiceless Muslim women who belong to marginalised communities in the UK. She has written comment pieces for the Guardian, the Independent, the Telegraph, the Observer, the New Statesman, the Sun and Huffington Post. She has also appeared on Channel 4 News, Sky News, ITV News, BBC Radio 4’s ‘Today’ Programme, BBC Woman’s Hour among others. She is regularly asked to speak at conferences, universities and colleges both at home and internationally.
In March 2009, Sara was listed in the Equality and Human Rights Commission Muslim Women’s Power List.
Sara has participated on the Home Office’s Race Equality Advisory Panel Shadowing Scheme and in September 2005 after the 7/7 bombings sat on the Home Office’s Tackling Extremism and Radicalisation Working Group. She is currently sitting on the Government’s Department for International Development’s (DFID) External Expert Advisory Group on Girls and Women advising the International Development Secretary.
Sara has written a chapter for the book Sensible Religion published in 2014 entitled “Retrieving the Equilibrium and restoring Justice: Using Islam’s Egalitarian Teachings to reclaim Women’s Right.”
BASED IN: London
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