Cassandra Balchin initially worked with Viewpoint and later The Frontier Post (1983-1991) and then with the publications of WLUML network
She initially worked with Viewpoint and later The Frontier Post (1983-1991) and then with the publications of Women Living Under Muslims Laws (WLUML) network, working at the office of the women’s group Shirkat Gah, WLUML’s Asia Regional Coordination Office (1991-2000). She returned to England in 2000, to set up WLUML’s international coordination office, and later helped set up the Muslim Women’s Network, UK. As chair of the Muslim Women’s Network, she was passionately involved in the February 14, 2009 launch of Musawah (which means ‘equality’ in Arabic), a call for equality and justice “in the Muslim family”. As she wrote, this global initiative of activists and scholars from over 20 countries around the Muslim world is based on the premise that” there cannot be justice without equality” between men and women.
Links to some of her works below:
- “What Aspect of Islam is Supposedly Under Threat?” - Yoginder Sikand’s interview of Cassandra Balchin for Outlook India, 10 February 2005
- Paper on religion, culture, diversity, and development
- Towards A Future Without Fundamentalisms, Feb 18, 2011
- She also wrote several articles for OpenDemocracy.net
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