This Focus on Islam session will give you an opportunity to go a bit deeper and develop a greater understanding of the experiences and activities of British Muslims. Rather than simply introducing the five pillars of Islam or taking you to visit a mosque, this session will introduce you to two different Muslim civil society groups: the Muslim Women’s Network and the Dialogue Society.

The Muslim Women’s Network describe themselves on their website as follows:

Our Mission: a UK network of women and men to share knowledge, connect the voices and promote the needs of diverse Muslim women.

Our Vision: a society where Muslim women can have an effective voice and the opportunity to exercise their rights to contribute equally.

Our Aim: to gather evidence about the experience of Muslim women and girls on key issues affecting them and use the information to improve their rights through advocacy and campaigning.

As an organisation, MWN engages in research, advocacy work, capacity building and campaigning. You can find out more about them at www.mwnuk.co.uk

The Dialogue Society describe themselves on their website as follows:

The Dialogue Society is a registered charity, established in London in 1999, with the aim of advancing social cohesion by connecting communities, empowering people to engage and contributing to the development of ideas on dialogue and community building. It does this by bringing people together through discussion forums, courses, capacity building publications and outreach. It operates nation-wide with regional branches across the UK. It was founded by British Muslims of Turkish background inspired by the teachings and example of Muslim scholar and peace advocate Fethullah Gülen. The Dialogue Society is not a religious or ethnic organisation. It aims to facilitate dialogue on a whole range of social issues, regardless of any particular faith or religion. It stands for democracy, human rights, the non-instrumentalisation of religion in politics, equality and freedom of speech.

You can find out more about them at www.dialoguesociety.org

Practicalities:

The training day takes place at the St Philip’s Centre, and a vegetarian lunch will be provided. Please notify us of any specific dietary requirements.

 

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