Since it kicked off earlier this year, ITV’s Young, British and Muslim has been tackling some of the biggest issues that young Muslims in the UK face – careers, charity, love and relationships for instance. Their latest episode looked at why some Muslim women in the UK are experiencing an employment disadvantage. We had to write something about this episode, because it contains so many inspirational British Muslims in one place.
Firstly, the presenter: Rageh Omaar. He’s a Somali-born British journalist and writer who made his name reporting on various conflicts in the Middle East for the BBC. He now works for ITV. He’s won a bunch of prestigious awards, including the Ethnic Multicultural Media Academy award for best TV journalist and the Arab Media Watch Award for excellence in journalism.
Talking on the show, Young, British and Muslimalso had an array of strong Muslim women. Anita Nayyar, a prominent British Muslim activist who focuses on gender equality, wants to make sure that there is provision for women in every mosque in the UK. She founded the Open My Mosque campaign, which drew attention to the fact that some women across Britain are frustrated with the level of access they have to their mosque.
Also in the studio they had Halimat Shode, founder of the Black Muslim Timeswhichseeks to represent black British Muslims. After becoming jaded with the way that parts of the mainstream media portray women, she decided to start a publication which would ensure that positive stories of women of all ethnicities would be told. Established in 2013, the magazine is updated on a quarterly basis with original features and interviews.
“The Daily Mail and mainstream publications have so many readers, and you just think one misrepresentation can take a very large readership to start thinking something completely different,” Black Muslim Times told the Press Gazette last year.
What did all these amazing British Muslims have to say? Check out the full episode here: