Tehmina Kazi
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Tehmina Kazi took up the position of Director of British Muslims for Secular Democracy in May 2009. British Muslims for Secular Democracy aims to raise awareness within British Muslims and the wider public, of democracy particularly ‘secular democracy’ helping to contribute to a shared vision of citizenship (the separation of faith and state, so faiths exert no undue influence on policies and there is a shared public space). It also aims to encourage religious understanding and harmony, respect for different systems of beliefs, and an understanding and celebration of the variety of Muslim cultures, values and traditions which are present in British society.



Prior to joining BMSD, Tehmina was a Project Officer at the Equality and Human Rights Commission, where she worked on a ground-breaking inquiry into the Human Rights Act and its impact on public service delivery, undertaking research, writing policy briefings, facilitating focus groups and interviewing victims of human rights violations. She also co-organised the first awards ceremony of its kind to acknowledge the achievements of the UK’s most powerful Muslim women, which received widespread coverage in the national press.



Tehmina has done extensive research on domestic and international human rights issues, particularly the detention of foreign nationals and violence against women in South Asia. Tehmina regularly contributes to debates and forums on civil liberties and foreign policy. Her articles have been published in a wide variety of newspapers and blogs.

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The Beating of a Hidden Heart

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 8:52 AM

"Marriage is the easiest chapter in the books of fiqh, but the hardest chapter in our society today." - Imam Suhaib Webb

The number of people in England and Wales living with or married to someone from another ethnic group jumped by 35 per cent to 2.3 million from 2001...

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Defending Malala Yousafzai

(51) Comments | Posted July 21, 2013 | 7:00 PM

You have just woken up in hospital, weeks after being shot in the head. Your time and usefulness on this planet is far from over; you are spurred on by the multiple wall-hangings bedecked with sparkly white cards, the boxes of miniature teddies, and most importantly, your faith and family....

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Rohingya Women: the World's Forgotten Plight

(2) Comments | Posted August 28, 2012 | 7:53 PM

During the past week, the media spotlight has zoomed in heavily on rape. Everyone - from Salma Yaqoob to Laurie Penny - has weighed in on the subject. George Galloway sparked off the debate in the UK, with a video podcast describing the allegations against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange as...

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A War That Only Women Can Win

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

Last Wednesday's car-bomb attack on Kabul - just hours after President Obama's surprise visit declaring a "new chapter" for the country - underscores how far we are from the goal of achieving a lasting peace.

The visit itself highlighted a number of key issues in the Afghan...

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Forced Marriages Undermine the Values of Islam

(37) Comments | Posted April 12, 2012 | 7:00 PM

Last week, the Home Office closed their three-month consultation on the criminalisation of forced marriage. When I initially posted the consultation document in the Facebook group for my organisation, British Muslims for Secular Democracy, there were cries of shock that forced marriage was not already a criminal offence....

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