New event sets out to bring Muslim women to the fore in our city

September 30 2016

Muslim women from across Bristol are being invited to help shape the agenda of a community event being held this month.

Big sisters event

Muslim women from across Bristol are being invited to help shape the agenda of a community event being held this month.

Bristol Big Sisters is the first event of its kind in Bristol looking at positive role models that motivate and inspire. It will give exposure to Muslim women who have achieved success and recognition in the areas of media, science education and politics to act as role models for developing local initiatives and to inspire and motivate Muslim women. 

It is hoped that this will increase community cohesion by ensuring that Muslim women are aware of the opportunities, possibilities and support networks available to them in Bristol, thus combating marginalisation.

The event is being coordinated by the Women’s Partnership Advisory Group, which is led by Muslim women from the community and is supported by Bristol City Council’s Equality and Community Cohesion team. 

Keen to reach a diverse mix of women is Redland resident, Kalsoom Bashir, community co-chair of Building the Bridge, which has a partnership approach to increasing community cohesion and resilience, and reducing the risk of radicalisation.  

Kalsoom, pictured,  said: “It’s really important that Muslim women of all ages and backgrounds from right across the city have a space to meet and talk about the issues that are most important to them – and to do this on their own terms."

Councillor Asher Craig, cabinet member for neighbourhoods, said: “We want Bristol to be a city thatchampions equality; a city that can flourish with integrity because it is somewhere everyone can participate in success.  Listening to communities and enabling grassroots leadership is a priority and events such as Bristol Big Sisters are a key part of this.We want as many Muslim women of different ages and backgrounds to share their views and help shape this important event.”

There will be a community bus service, a crèche, access for disabled women, interpreters and a prayer space.  Refreshments and lunch will be provided.  

The 91 Ways Peace Café will also be at the event. 

The Bristol Big Sisters event takes place on Sunday 16 October, from 10am to 4pm at The Park Community Centre, Daventry Road, Knowle, Bristol BS4 1DQ.

To register to attend the event email bristolbigsistersconference@gmail.com or use the freepost address: Freepost RTKJ-SGBZ-ULSH, Bristol Big Sisters (100TS/1), Bristol City Council, PO Box 3176, BS3 9FS