Jewish and Mus­lim women hold con­fer­ence

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS -

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.”

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