Category Archives: Sharia in the UK

Boycott of the Sharia law inquiry

IKWRO and others call for a boycott of the Sharia law inquiry.

We are writing to you because you signed a letter of women’s rights advocates calling on the Home Secretary of the UK, Theresa May (and soon to be PM) regarding the inquiry into sharia law.

We called on the Home Secretary not to have a theological inquiry but an impartial human rights inquiry, to appoint a Judge able to compel evidence to lead it and to stand down Imams who should not be advisers to the Inquiry. We called instead, for women’s rights advocates with knowledge of equality law and gender-based violence and laws and struggles in other countries to support the inquiry.

We have had no response from the government since the letter was published, although the current panel Chair has issued a call for evidence.

Funding English lessons will decrease isolation, say IKWRO

Diana Nammi, IKWRO’s Executive Director was one of the women invited by the Prime Minister, David Cameron to speak with him about isolation of Muslim women last week.

Diana advised the Prime Minister that the UK government must stop tolerating discrimination of Muslim women and end all barriers to to equality and access to justice and human rights.

Women’s rights groups urge government to hold inquiry into Sharia ‘courts’ and the lack of access to justice

On Thursday 10 December 2015, Southall Black Sisters (SBS), One Law for All, Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (IKWRO), Centre for Secular Space and British Muslims for Secular Democracy will attend 10 Downing Street to hand deliver a letter signed by nearly 400 individuals and organisations urging David Cameron to hold an inquiry into the discriminatory nature of Sharia ‘courts’ and other religious arbitration forums.

IKWRO meet with the Law Society on Sharia

On Tuesday 13th January 2015, women’s rights groups, including Southall Black Sisters, One Law for All, Nari Diganta and the Iranian & Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (IKWRO), met with Mark Stobbs, the Law Society’s Director of Legal Policy at the SBS office. Our organisations welcomed the Law Society’s decision to withdraw its guidance on ‘Sharia’ compliant wills that endorsed discrimination against women and children. We also thanked the Law Society for making a public apology. The Law Society showed that it had listened to the voices of BME women’s rights campaigners and other secular organisations that had been alarmed by the original decision.

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