About Pragna Patel

Pragna Patel is a founding member of the Southall Black Sisters  and Women Against Fundamentalism.She worked as a co-ordinator and senior case worker for SBS from 1982 to 1993 when she left to train and practice as a solicitor. In 2009 she returned to SBS as its Director. She has been centrally involved in some of SBS’ most important cases and campaigns around domestic violence, immigration and religious fundamentalism. She has also written extensively on race, gender and religion. Among her many publications have been the 1992 ‘Citizenship: Whose Rights?’ in Women and Citizenship in Europe: Borders, Rights and Duties, ed. A. Ward et al. (Trentham Books), the 1997 ‘The Time Has Come ... Asian Women in Struggle’ in Black British Feminism - A Reader, ed. H. S. Mirza (Taylor & Francis), several essays in From homebreakers to jailbreakers 2003 ed. R. Gupta (Zed Books), the 2008 ‘Faith in the State? Asian Women’s Struggles for Human Rights in the UK’. Feminist Legal Studies, (2008) Spring issue,  R v Zoora (Ghulam) Shah in Feminist Judgments from Theory to Practice September 2010 ed. Rosemary Hunter; Clare McGlynn and Erika Rackley and ‘Shrinking Secular Spaces: Asian Women at the Intersect of Race, Religion and Gender with Hannana Siddiqui in ‘Violence Against Women in South Asian Communities’  (Jessica Kinglsey Publishers)  2010 eds Ravi K.Thiara and Aisha K. Gill.  


Articles by Pragna Patel

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The use and abuse of honour based violence in the UK

The lack of accuracy in understanding honour based abuse in the UK has critical implications, not only for social policy and strategies developed to protect women, but also in fostering equality and anti-racism

Freedom 'to’ and freedom 'from’: rebalancing the tension in favour of gender equality

The various social contracts that are emerging between the State and the dominant religious right minority leaderships in the UK trade on nothing less than the human rights of minority women, says Pragna Patel

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