National Women’s Conference: Challenging Fears and Building Bridges between Communities
London, UK, December 13 – Hundreds of women from across the UK are set to attend a conference in Central London this Saturday [December 16th] to discuss the fears currently surrounding Islam and the Muslim community in Britain. Delegates at the conference will also seek to delineate a path to improved community relations. The conference, entitled "Muslim and Non-Muslim: Building Community Cohesion", will seek to repair some of the damage in community relations caused as a result of Blair's foreign policy and domestic anti-terror laws. The conference is organised by the women's chapter of Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain.
Dr Nazreen Nawaz, the women's media representative of Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain, said, "This conference will examine the government's recent rhetoric and encourage a responsible debate about the true path to improved community relations. The conference will address the myths and misgivings that many in the wider society may hold regarding issues such as women and Islam, the view of Muslims regarding the West and political Islam including the nature of the Islamic Caliphate State – the aspiration for the Muslim world of many millions of Muslims globally, including those in the UK."
"Last week, Tony Blair blamed a 'new virulent form of ideology' for hampering community relations and once again refused to acknowledge the role of the disastrous war in Iraq in causing violence and instability. A succession of ministers have dismissed Muslim concerns and made cheap, populist remarks, fuelling an anti-Muslim frenzy. The recent report by the Joseph Rowntree Trust rightly suggested that ministers could be accused of 'exploiting the politics of fear'."
The conference will take place between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday 16th December 2006 at Friends Meeting House, 173-177 Euston Road, London [nearest tube: Euston]. A full conference itinerary is available on request.