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About Pragna Patel

Pragna Patel is Director of Southall Black Sisters and a founding member of  Women Against Fundamentalism. She has written extensively on race, gender and religion. Her publications include ‘Citizenship: Whose Rights?’ in Women and Citizenship in Europe: Borders, Rights and Duties, ed. A. Ward et al. (Trentham Books), the ‘The Time Has Come .. Asian Women in Struggle’ in Black British Feminism - A Reader, ed. H. S. Mirza (Taylor & Francis). Listen to her TEDX talk on Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere


Articles by Pragna Patel

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Adam Bychawski is an editorial assistant at openDemocracy.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

The story of a feminist victory against fundamentalists and gender segregation in UK schools

In 2017 the Court of Appeal ruled that gender segregation in schools is indeed discriminatory. This landmark judgement has potentially far-reaching consequences for minority women and girls.

The Sharia debate in the UK: who will listen to our voices?

Over 300 abused women have signed a statement opposing Sharia courts and religious bodies, warning of the growing threat to their rights and to their collective struggles for security and independence.

Whitewashing Sharia councils in the UK?

In an Open Letter to Theresa May, hundreds of women’s human rights organisations and campaigners warn against a further slide towards privatised justice and parallel legal systems.

Transnational marriage abandonment: A new form of violence against women?

Transnational marriage abandonment lies at the intersect of immigration and patriarchal control, allowing abusers and states to enjoy impunity for violations committed against women in transnational spaces.

'Shariafication by stealth' in the UK

Access to justice is being denied in the UK in the shadow of neoliberalism and religious fundamentalism. Minority women are being denied the right to participate in the wider political community as citizens rather than subjects.

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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