Reconciling being British, Asian and Muslim – a tale of modern times

By Huma Munshi The recent killing of Alan Henning has again put the spotlight on British Muslims. There have been calls for them to condemn these heinous acts apparently carried out in the name of Islam. A recent campaign on social media, “#NotInMyName”, sought to tackle the distorted narrative of Islam from the extremists and… Read More

Sex Education: Lessons I Should Have Learned In School

By Huma Munshi Sex education in my school consisted of experimenting with putting a condom on a cucumber and watching a video of a woman giving birth. This was met with embarrassed giggling from my peers and awkward glances. At home, we would never dream of discussing sex or relationships. My parents were old school… Read More

As a Muslim woman, the kidnap in Nigeria has shaken my faith

by Huma Munshi  As a Muslim woman, I have some things in common with atheists. I wonder where God is when people are being murdered and brutalised. Where is God when the young girls in Nigeria were kidnapped? Where is he when young people all over the world are being abused? The vulnerable being exploited… Read More

For #IWD2014, I Salute Doreen Lawrence

by Huma Munshi The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is ‘Inspiring Change’. Doreen Lawrence has been a force for change.  Challenging the institutional racism within the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has invoked a cultural change within British society. And her fight for justice provides an important message for the feminist movement for liberation.… Read More

In fear of dishonour – when the perpetrators are family

 by Huma Munshi Fleeing a forced marriage ten years ago was an instinctive act of survival. Staying would have put me in grave physical harm and may have been the death of my spiritual and emotional self. I left with a carrier bag of clothes and my passport. I left without knowing I would have anywhere… Read More

No ‘honour’ in killing young women, it’s a hate crime

by Huma Munshi Banaz: a Love Story directed by Human Rights activist, Deeyah, won an Emmy this week for Best International Documentary. I remember when I watched this harrowing film and was overwhelmed by a sense of frustration and anger. We hear statistics about the numbers of young people, mainly women, experiencing ‘honour’ based violence and… Read More