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Thirty Jewish and Muslim students unite for conference on gender and faith

Organised by Bristol Students Union and Nisa-Nashim - the interfaith event was hailed for bringing people together to discuss difficult ideas

Thirty Jewish and Muslim women unite
Thirty Jewish and Muslim women unite

Thirty young Jewish and Muslim women gathered at Bristol University for a unique gender and faith conference.

Organised by Bristol Students Union and Nisa-Nashim, the students shared their inspiration and their struggles when taking on leadership roles in their faith communities and beyond.

The event was conceived and chaired by the union’s equalities, liberation and access sabbatical officer Sally Patterson. She worked with Saha Habib, who is focused on changing the negative portrayal of Muslims in the media.

Keynotes were given by journalist Remona Aly, who spoke with wit and warmth about her journey as a Muslim woman, as well as Nisa-Nashim co-founders Laura Marks and Julie Siddiqi, who spoke on Islamophobia and antisemitism.  Other speakers included Nasra Ayub from Integrate UK and Rachel Vogler from Jewish Women’s Aid, as well as student leaders Lauren Keilis, Maheera Zubair and Eva Larkai.

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