The founder of counter-extremist think tank Quilliam Foundation, Majid Nawaaz, claimed it did not serve British Muslims for the country to pretend there was not a problem around social integration. Various statistics around employment, income levels, educational attainment and prison rates underline the challenges faced in ensuring that the conditions exist for British Muslim communities to thrive at large in the UK.
This issue is particularly pronounced for Muslim women, as highlighted by Dame Louise Casey in her government-commissioned 2016 report “A review into opportunity and integration”. The study concluded that governments have failed for more than a decade to ensure that social integration in the UK has kept up with the “unprecedented pace and scale of immigration” and have allowed some local communities to become increasingly divided. The mixed response to the report itself and its key conclusions demonstrates both how complex this issue is and the strength of feelings at play.
However, while a debate and action at a national level is vital, it is communities at a local level who both feel the impact of these challenges and are the ones that will be on the front line in addressing them.
This conference brings together local authorities, community organisations, local businesses and key figures of local influence to debate the key challenges involved, the difficulties in addressing them and how these can be overcome to create the conditions for Muslim women to thrive in the UK. In amongst this discussion will be case studies of innovative, collaborative and trailblazing approaches to addressing these key challenges – the lessons from which could yield invaluable insights that can be utilised across the country in creating the conditions for Muslim women to thrive at large in the UK.
Agenda, speakers and booking details to follow soon