This blog is about women’s issues, gender equality, progress, secularism, justice and peace. This is a site where Bangladeshi/ Bengali community women will speak and report on women’s empowerment, women’s problems, women’s rights, women’s belonging and progress. The contributors to this site are all women, and ethnically Bengali-speaking or Bangladeshi-British women who are seen as BAME women in Britain.
We are a cohort of anti-racist and anti-imperialist Bangladeshi, Bengali and British-Bangladeshi women belonging to many faiths and diverse identities. Our culture is just one – that’s transnational Bengali. We live abroad but we love our homeland and think of a world about Bangladesh and Bengali community. We believe in border-less politics, humanity, gender-equality, democracy, freedom of speech, secularism, right to work and right to think without limit. We see peace and justice can be achieved through practicing all of the above. We are against corporate culture and fixed structures of society. We are against top-down mode of knowledge/ production.
We are against anti-semitism, colonialism, Islamophobia, institutional establishments and west-centric ideas as much as corporate politics, neo-liberalism, Islamism/Zionism/Hinduism and religious rights. We are Black and Brown women from the global south but we respect all races so long as we are respected by all. We stand for women’s empowerment but we do not undermine men’s right. That is, we stand for equality for women, men and non-binary identities. Feminism without an understanding of intersectionality of class, ethnicity, gender, race, nation and sexuality is meaningless to us.
Through this blog we seek to report women’s situation, share different stories, deconstructive-feminist ideas, our heterogeneous lived experiences and the complex struggles of non-binary identities of our community women (and men). We will share our work, our transnational struggles and our ways to express solidarity with greater movements and wider social groups. We aim to gather different kind of information, collective ideas and will also present collective and transnational stories of our struggles.
This blog will, we hope, enhance the process of decolonisation of knowledge and will enable readers to see that life-narratives are never been fixed or homogeneous. Narratives of women form the post-colonial global south – especially of Muslim and Hindu backgrounds – are always complex and in process. Nobody has the right to homogenise us as just Muslim or just Hindu, neither just un-Islamic or anti-Muslim. Nobody should assume that we are all the same. Because we are never been same.