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Muslim women rise up against injustice, sexism and extremism

Aaliyah and Sue

Aaliyah Hussain and Sue

Empowering Muslim women and girls in the community was the focus of Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens recent meeting with WeRise.

This week, the PCC met with Aaliyah Hussain, founder of WeRise, which stands for Women Empowered Against Racism, Injustice, Sexism and Extremism. The independent organisation aims to empower Muslim women and girls to be true equals in the community.

The new project, which launched last Wednesday (27 March), aims to create a safe space for Muslim women to speak openly and address the challenges that they may face. One of their first tasks has been to carry out community outreach sessions in schools. Within these sessions, Aaliyah hopes to educate Muslim mothers about the importance of Relationships and Health Education (RSE) for their children, which has been an ongoing national conversation in recent months.

Whilst continuing to work towards her PhD at Warwick University, focusing on women’s empowerment in Afghanistan and the voices of everyday Afghan women, Aaliyah continues to be an advocate for Muslim women.

Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner, Sue Mountstevens, said: “I’m so pleased to hear about the fantastic work Aaliyah and the WeRise volunteers have been doing to support local Muslim women and girls in Bristol. It’s important that I hear about the issues that local people face so that I can truly understand the issues and see what is required to make communities safer and stronger.”

“I thoroughly enjoy meeting with local organisations and charities like WeRise; it’s fantastic to hear about the hard work that goes on across Avon and Somerset. Aaliyah has clear goals and the drive to ensure she gets there, and I look forward to hearing more from WeRise future.”

Aaliyah Hussain, founder of WeRise added “I want women and girls to feel empowered and to know they can do whatever they want to do. They need recognition of their roles as powerful agents of social change and to challenge injustice in whatever form it takes. Things don’t change by themselves, we have to make change.

“This is something that we need to do, but we need to do it on our own terms. It needs to be Muslim women speaking out – we have the key to solving our own problems.”

Posted on Tuesday 2nd April 2019
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