Inspirational Woman Of The Day

Pragna Patel, Chair of Southall Black Sisters

Emine Saner

The Guardian March 7, 2011

Article History

Pragna Patel

Founding member of Southall Black Sisters, a landmark organisation in the history of black and Asian feminism

Southall Black Sisters, founded in 1979, in the aftermath of the race riots in this area of west London, has since become a landmark in the history of black and Asian feminism. The charity campaigns for and offers practical support to women escaping domestic violence and forced marriages. Chaired by Patel, the small group has long punched above its weight. In supporting Kiranjit Ahluwalia, imprisoned for murdering her violent husband, SBS successfully challenged the legal definition of provocation, and changed an immigration rules which trappedtrapping non-British women in abusive marriages.

The group has often spoken out about government’s community cohesion programmes, which maintains the power of male religious leaders. A secularist campaigner, Patel also co-founded Women Against Fundamentalism.

Comments

  1. i totally dig ur concept…

  2. With the increasing prominence of multicultural societies aberrations like forced marriages, honour killings and genital mutilations will be challenged and questioned in the process. Ultimately this has to be a good thing as modern societies evolve. Eventually the truth will triumph as such acts are indefensible. Individually we too must be vigilant in holding our political, spiritual and educational leaders to account. Thankyou for highlighting such a woman as Pragna Patel.

  3. Thankyou for putting up with me. I find your ‘Message from The Creator’ blog very uplifting and thought provoking and I’m an atheist.

    • I thank you so much. I am a spiritual person and I not a religious person and that is where I am coming from. This is for all people.

  4. Reblogged this on pravinchn.

  5. Very brave indeed, it takes a lot of courage to stand up against injustice like that. This is a great idea for a blog!

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