Writer/researcher, networker for Women Living Under Muslim Laws
Aisha Lee Shaheed is a freelance writer-researcher with a background in history, emphasizing gender, (post)colonialism and the media. Currently based in Montréal, she is a networker for the transnational feminist solidarity network, Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML), which endeavors to create links amongst women and women's groups within Muslim countries and communities; to strengthen local and global struggles for social justice; and to increase women's knowledge about both their common and diverse situations in various contexts. Her writing ventures from historical analysis to journalism, academic writing to spoken-word poetry, and beyond. As a person of many cultural and national backgrounds - and of many interests - she enjoys dividing her time between Canada, Pakistan and England, and is especially intrigued by representations of women that cut across various markers of identity. Her forthcoming publications include chapters on the politics of clothing in Muslim contexts and storytelling as feminist historiography. She is currently working on an analytical overview of the status of women and women's activism in Saudi Arabia.