Beyond the headlines: Muslim women on identities, opportunities, and structural challenges in Britain today
The discussants at this, the fifth annual Merton Equality Conversation, were:
Shaista Aziz, journalist and writer. Shaista's work has appeared in the Guardian, The Globe and Mail, The New York Times, and on the BBC. She is the founder of The Everyday Bigotry Project which seeks to disrupt narratives around race and bigotry. She is a former aid worker of 15 years and has worked across the Middle East, East and West Africa, and Pakistan with women affected by conflict and emergencies. She is also the co-founder of Intersectional Feminist Foreign Policy which seeks to create an ethical feminist foreign policy that does no further harm to women and that seek to include the lived experiences and expertise of women currently excluded from policy discussions on the basis of their intersectional identities.
Farheen Ahmed, Oxford SU VP Welfare and Equal Opportunities. Farheen has recently completed a BA in Jurisprudence at the University of Oxford. Previously, she has worked as co-chair of the Campaign for Racial Awareness and Equality, as Pembroke College JCR's Race and Ethnic Minorities Officer (2015-2016), and has collaborated with both Preventing Prevent Oxford and NUS’s Students Not Suspects campaign. Additionally, she has been involved with various student groups, in calling for Oxford to undertake a decolonisation process and to become more accessible.