Jewish and Muslim women hold conference
THE FIRST interfaith conference between Jewish and Muslim women in the UK took place on Sunday. Two hundred women attended the event, which was organised by Nisa-Nashim, the Jewish Muslim women’s network, at Westminster University.
Ten workshops took place over the day, each co-presented by Jewish and Muslim women.
Laura Marks, co-founder of Nisa-Nashim, said the conference was “ground-breaking”.
“Traditionally, we have been told Jews and Muslims don’t get on,” she said. “But Jews and Muslims are so alike — especially our women.
She added: “It’s time for a new, female approach. The first step is building friendships and that is what this conference is all about.”
“The status quo needs to change,” said Julie Siddiqi, the other half of the Nisa Nashim founding duo. “It needs collaboration and cooperation, it means respecting difference while celebrating similarities.”