With an academic background in Law and Religious Studies, and extensive understanding of the lived experiences of women, she has combined her knowledge, skills, confidence and passion for justice, in order to be a force of social change; locally, nationally and internationally.
Locally, she is Chairperson to a grassroots women’s group called ‘Sister 2 Sister’ in Birmingham.
Nationally, she became Executive Director of MWNUK in September 2011 at just 27 years old. Her role involves: developing contacts and influencing policymakers and practitioners (including Ministers); actively networking and forging new relationships with statutory, private, charitable and community organisations; effectively publicising and promoting issues through events and the media; public speaking at national and international events; and developing MWNUK's vision and mission strategically. She is also responsible for overseeing the financial management of MWNUK.
Internationally, she is part of a global group of Young Women who are advocates for the movement Musawah.
Faeeza’s Masters dissertation done at the University of Warwick was entitled: ‘Notions of Scholarly Religious Knowledge Authorities in Muslim Societies and Muslim Women’s Movements as Challenges to the Current Status Quo.’
Faeeza has 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. This includes interviews for Sky News, BBC News, ITV news and ITV's 'This Morning'.
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.