Faeeza Vaid is currently the Executive Director of the Muslim Women’s Network UK.
Faeeza is also Chairperson to a grassroots group called ‘Sister 2 Sister’ in Birmingham. The group aims to provide women of all ages with opportunities to explore and learn through spiritual, intellectual, sports and social activities.
Faeeza has resided in Birmingham for the past 17 years with her family but is originally from South Africa. After completing a law degree in 2005, she went on to do an Honours degree in Religious Studies at the University of Cape Town, focussing on feminist theology and its relation to Islamic laws. Faeeza also recently completed a LLM in Socio-Legal Studies. The specific topic of her dissertation is; ‘Notions of Scholarly Religious Knowledge Authorities in Muslim Societies and Muslim Women’s Movements as Challenges to the Current Status Quo.’
Faeeza has recently received recognition for her commitment to Lifelong Learning and Education in 2010. She was also awarded the Youth in Community and Leadership Award 2010 by the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) and the Women’s Federation for World Peace (WFWP).
She has commented in the media several times on key issues affecting Muslim women in the UK.
NATIONAL NETWORK COORDINATOR
Shahin is a trained Counsellor and a Muslim Chaplain at the University of Birmingham and leads key theological debates on women’s issues in the context of the Quran and Sunnah, and what it means to be a Muslim woman in 21st century Britain and Europe. Shahin also volunteers on a sexual violence helpline and provides training on this issue. As a human rights activist, Shahin has also worked in Pakistan and Afghanistan and spent 8 years in the US helping to set up and develop an international Muslim NGO.