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Muslim Council joins in celebration of International Women’s Day

The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), the largest coalition of British Muslim groups, is calling on the public – and all Muslims – to recognise the role and achievements of women across the world today.

Celebrating 8th March as International Women’s Day, Unaiza Malik, Assistant Secretary General of the MCB, said:

“Today sends out a strong message in support of equality between men and women, something which has long been acknowledged in Islam.”

“Looking back through history we can see women not only as home-makers, but as educators, scientists, writers and leaders against oppression. They should be acknowledged for these significant roles they play.”

Battling oppression

Muslim women have often acted as leading figures in the struggle against tyranny.

“At the MCB we can draw inspiration from the three women who shared the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize,” said Talat Ahmed, a senior female member of the MCB’s Central Working Committee.

“One of the winners, Tawakel Karman, was a Yemeni [Arab and Muslim] journalist and activist who was praised for playing ‘in the most trying circumstances, both before and during the Arab Spring… a leading part in the struggle for women's rights and for democracy and peace in Yemen’," she said.

Welcoming International Women’s Day, Farooq Murad, Secretary General of the MCB, added: “We have long been encouraging greater participation of women in wider society; today is a chance to reflect on that goal, and for us all to recognise the vital part played by our wives, mothers, sisters, and friends in struggling for that better world.”