Public Seminar at UK Parliament on Sharia Law, Legal Pluralism and Access to Justice

Sharia Law, Legal Pluralism and Access to Justice is hosted by IKWRO and several organisations and activists to debate and express concerns about the increasing state recognition and promotion of religious-based arbitration and mediation forums, such as ‘Sharia courts’ in the UK. These councils operate as parallel legal systems in which women are treated unfairly, including when seeking divorce or custody over children. The seminar will examine the range of injustices faced by women who engage with all forms of religious arbitration forums and sets out the reasons behind a growing campaign to end state legitimization of legal pluralism in the UK.

Date: 7 November 2016
Time: 7-9 pm
Venue: Committee Room 9, House of Commons, Westminster, London SW1A 0A


  • Dr. Savin Bapir, IKWRO Counselling Psychologist : Why we need to understand ‘sharia courts’ as a form of violence against women and girls
  • Maryam Namazie: Sharia Councils and the transnational Islamist links
  • Houzan Mahmoud: Muslim women between ‘choice’ and ‘agency’
  • Gina Khan: Sharia courts: A personal testimony.
  • Pragna Patel: Religious fundamentalism and the law: Facilitating access to justice?’
  • Gita Sahgal: Can parallel courts be regulated?

The Seminar will be chaired by Ms Raife Aytek, Director of the Centre for Kurdish Progress

To RSVP, please email Houzan Mahmoud at  & Kurdish Progress at

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