Yesterday evening I attended a talk at the House of Commons organised by the Conservatives Women’s Muslim Group with vice-president Sayeeda Warsi and Jasvinder Sanghera (of women’s group Karma Nirvana) speaking. It was a good event, primarily focused on forced marriages and what to do about them. [thanks to Ellee Seymour for the tip].
Sayeeda swore me not to blog about it so I shall reluctantly stick to my promise. But I will say that the Conservatives are finally making some moves on the issue and some announcements will be made this Friday. She also said that while Labour has made good progress on minority women issues in the past, they have dragged their feet over the last few years. I agree. Notice how Blair made a rash of announcements about supporting the FM bill and raising the age for women to be allowed to sponsor spouses from abroad in the last months of his reign.
Not that the Conservatives made much noise about these issues in the past but at least they are catching up. It is even better that Asian politicians themselves are raising and pushing this issue. Let’s see what Friday brings.
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