Tonight at 8pm on Channel 4, Women Only Jihad:
“Women in mosques will change the nature of Muslim community in Britain,” a woman tells the camera. Is there a battle of sexes going on within British Islam?
There are around 1600 mosques in Britain. Well over a half do not allow women access to worship and hardly any allow women a say on how they are managed and run.
In a special film for Channel 4, to be broadcast later today, journalist Tazeen Ahmad follows a group of young Muslim women who are waging a determined campaign to force these mosques to open up.
“A mosque would go beyond a place of worship and transform into something close to a thriving community centre, where men and women can access all kinds of services – counselling, education, employment advice – and that’s just for starters. But based on the resistance I witnessed, which was at times pretty shocking, it still seems as if there’s a long road ahead til we get to that point.”
Jihad, by the way, has many meanings. Opinions on the programme welcome.
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