Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Muslimah Today 2012 ..... Speakers

Shamshad Baker Ahmed is a life coach and corporate trainer.  She is a Cambridge-certified English language practitioner who has presented various training programmes across Africa.  She has been involved in various projects including developing a communication skills training course for security personnel and a programme for miners aimed at equipping them with tools to deal with retrenchment or retirement responsibly.
Radia Bawa Hendricks completed the memorisation of the Qur’an at the age of nine.  She has studied various aspects of Qur’anic recitation under well-known teachers like Qari Isma’il Londt.  She has also studied Arabic and other branches of Islamic Studies in Cape Town and holds a degree in media and communication science from UNISA.
Quraysha Ismail Sooliman holds an honours degree in Political Science.  She studied various aspects of Islam at a Darul ‘Uloom in Pretoria, and presents ‘Finding me,’ a programme focussing on Muslim women and the issue of identity on ITV.  She is also a member of the Caring Women’s Forum, and an assistant lecturer in Political Science at the University of Pretoria.
Shubnum Khan has a postgraduate degree in both, English as well as Media Studies.  She contributes to various publications and is the author of ‘Onion Tears’ (Penguin 2011).  She is also a lecturer at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Mrs Zuleikha Mayat is a founding member of the Women’s Cultural Group.  She is a trustee of various organisations including the Islamic Educational Trust in Keal Road, and the Darul Yatama Wal Masakeen orphanage.  She has also authored various publications, including the world-renowned ‘Indian Delights’.  Now 86-years-old, Mrs Mayat was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Sociology by the University of KwaZulu-Natal earlier this year.
Munira Motala studied Fine Arts.  She specialises in Islamic calligraphy and runs ‘Studio Al-Ain’, a contemporary Islamic art gallery in Durban.
Khadija Patel is a journalist with ‘The Daily Maverick’.  She holds a post graduate degree in socio- linguistics and is well known for the active role she plays as a journalist within the social media sphere.  She often commentates on issues pertaining to the Middle East, and has done so on national television.
Khatija Rasool is a Durban-based  occupational therapist.   She is a human rights activist and has worked as a volunteer in Palestine.  She is the director of  ‘Zaytoun SA’ which is aimed at supporting and empowering Palestinian farming communities through the promotion of their produce.
Aisha Shange converted to Islam, and is passionate about spreading its message to her community in Umbumbulu, south of Durban, where she founded and runs an afternoon madrasah for underprivileged children.
Lubna Nadvi is an academic based at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.  She lectures, researches and publishes in the area of Political Science, Gender Studies, Civil Society and Social Movements. She is also a community activist and a frequent commentator on current affairs.
Safiyyah Surtee is a graduate of Arabic and Islamic Studies with an MA, from the University of Johannesburg, where she teaches Islam and Gender Justice. She is an activist, promoting the participation of women at all levels of religious life and a student of sacred knowledge.

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