Faeeza Vaid

Country

United Kingdom

Known for

Coordinator of the Muslim Women’s Network UK

Dates

Hijri Unknown-Present (AH); Common Era Unknown-Present (CE)

Faeeza Vaid

Biography

Faeeza Vaid is Coordinator of the Muslim Women’s Network UK (MWN-UK), which primarily aims to provide a channel between Muslim women in the UK and the UK government in order to ensure that more Muslim women are involved in national policy and decision-making processes relevant to their lives. Ms. Vaid is also Chairperson to the grassroots group, Sister 2 Sister, which is particularly dedicated to younger women. Through highly interactive question and answer sessions, the emphasis of the group has not necessarily been to learn “Islamic lessons” by rote, but rather strives to facilitate discourse on a variety of topics affecting the Muslim women who attend. Ms. Vaid is originally from South Africa but has resided in Birmingham for the past 15 years. After completing a law degree at the University of Leicester, UK in 2005, she went on to do an Honours degree in Religious Studies at the University of Cape Town, focussing on feminist theology and its relation to Islamic law. She is currently completing a LLM in Socio-Legal Studies at Warwick University, UK. The specific topic of her dissertation is; “Notions of Authority in Muslim Society and the Example of Muslim Women’s Movements in the UK as Challenges to the Status Quo.”

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