Shaista Gohir
Shaista Gohir writes in her independent capacity. She is a leading Muslim women’s rights activist in the UK. She is currently the Chair of Muslim Women's Network UK (, she led it from a small informal group to an independent and formally established national organization. She is also a member of the International Advisory Group, which is the highest decision making committee for Musawah, a global Muslim women's movement. Shaista also blogs on her own website,

Entries by Shaista Gohir

50 Shades of Extremism - Muslims Policing Other Muslims

(2) Comments | Posted March 30, 2016 | 8:30 AM

Glasgow shopkeeper, Asad Shah, was murdered by another Muslim for what appears to be a religiously motivated crime. Mr. Shah had wished Christians a Happy Easter. This event is significant because it marks the levels of intolerance Muslims themselves are facing from a fringe minority within their own...

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Tougher Sentence for Sex Abuse of Asian Girl Has Been Wrongly Interpreted

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2015 | 2:55 PM

Judge Sally Cahill gave paedophile Jamal Muhammed Raheem Ul Nasir a tougher sentence than normal because she factored in the Asian background of the victim and the appeal judge agreed with the ruling. What did the judges actually mean when considering the ethnicity of the victim? It appears...

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Muslim Women Can Help Stop Youth From Going to Syria

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 6:44 PM

I haven't spoken on the issue of 'preventing violent extremism' for a number of years. I became disengaged because I was not happy about the way in which government officials sometimes handle this issue. However, I have decided to break my silence after seeing media reports of British...

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Extraordinary Muslim Women at the Olympics - Past to Present

(34) Comments | Posted August 1, 2012 | 7:00 PM

At the 1996 Atlanta Games, 26 countries did not send women and by the 2008 Beijing Games, only three countries (Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Brunei) did not have female Olympians. It is therefore a very important milestone that every Muslim majority country competing at the London 2012 Olympics...

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Only Two Saudi Female Olympians but Another Victory Over Hardline Clerics

(9) Comments | Posted July 18, 2012 | 7:00 PM

As a women's rights activist, I am really pleased that the London 2012 Olympics will be the first to include female athletes from every competing nation. Brunei and Qatar had previously held out on female inclusion but will now have women representing their countries. This left Saudi Arabia as the...

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Where Is the Justice for Afghan Women After Spending $60-Billion in Civilian Aid?

(7) Comments | Posted July 13, 2012 | 5:02 PM

When I saw the horrifying footage of 22-year-old Najiba being publicly executed the first thought that came to my mind was, are Afghan women and girls ever going to get justice? Clearly not, considering the lack of interest shown by the Afghanistan government in women's rights. The majority...

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Celebrities Call on World Leaders not to Sacrifice Afghan Women's Rights

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2011 | 5:54 AM

It's great to see that Dame Helen Mirren, Shazia Mirza, and Alesha Dixon are being the voice for women outside of Afghanistan so they can have one inside it. Celebrities are going green for the Green Scarf Campaign calling on world leaders...

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Is the Face Veil Really a Threat to Western Culture?

(15) Comments | Posted September 20, 2011 | 12:34 AM

Anti Muslim sentiments are contagious - now Holland has joined the widespread campaign in Europe to criminalise the face veil. The veil is already banned in France and Belgium and on Friday, the Dutch government agreed to propose legislation that will make it illegal...

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Muslim women finding empowerment despite the hostility after 9/11

(1) Comments | Posted September 10, 2011 | 12:54 PM

As we commemorate the 10-year anniversary of 9/11, it is also an ideal time to take stock of how this tragedy has impacted on the lives of Muslim women in Britain during the last decade. The events of 9/11 and the subsequent intensification of anti-Muslim sentiments has been...

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Parents becoming complicit in the sexualisation of children

(2) Comments | Posted September 4, 2011 | 4:25 AM

Last week, four-year-old Maddy Jackson appeared on the US reality show 'Toddlers and Tiaras' wearing a padded bra. Her mother also gave her a padded bottom and made her don a peroxide wig in an attempt to make her look like Dolly Parton. I am disgusted...

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