Clarion Project’s Raheel Raza gave an impassioned lecture at a TEDx event in 2015. Raheel discusses the ongoing issues of subjugation of women in radical societies. She teaches her audience that culture is no excuse for abuse and that the honor violence enacted upon women is a major human rights violation that is widespread. Raheel remains undeterred in her fight against gender prejudices and her mission to improve the female position in Islamic society continues.
Raheel Raza is one of the activists featured in Honor Diaries, the President of The Council for Muslims Facing Tomorrow, author of the book Their Jihad – Not My Jihad, an award-winning journalist, and an activist for human rights, gender equality, and dignity in diversity.
Raheel is a Distinguished Senior Fellow with The Gatestone Institute, and has addressed audiences at universities around the world, including Harvard, Columbia, Oxford, and Cambridge. She has also been invited to speak before the Parliaments of Sweden, UK, Israel, and to Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
The Council for Muslims Facing Tomorrow is an organization of Muslims who are trying to reform Islam today.
As they write on their website:
Whereas in the contemporary world the values of individual freedom, human rights and gender equality, science and democracy are cherished universal ideals, yet Muslims and non-Muslim minorities espousing these ideals in countries that are member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation face abuse, persecution, and violence; and
Whereas Muslims and people of all other faith traditions need to come together in opposing bigotry in the name of Islam as preached and practiced in the mainstream mosques in Canada and across the Muslim world;
Our mission is to reclaim Islam for, as the word itself means, securing Peace for all people, and to oppose extremism, fanaticism and violence in the name of religion; and
Our vision is to advance among Muslims the principle of individual rights and freedoms, and for Muslims to embrace the idea of openness, of relating to others as equal and deserving of equal respect, and of defending freedom of speech as the basis of all other freedoms enunciated in the constitutions of liberal democracies, such as ours in Canada; and, accordingly,
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