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Listening to Voices of Creative Bengali Women in London
An evening with Film, Dialogue, Music, and Bangla-Feast with Creative Bengali Women on
International Women’s Day 2015

When? 8 March, Sunday, at 5pm – 9pm
Where? Brady Arts Centre, 192- 196 Hanbury Street, London, E1 5HU
Who? Nari Diganta – the Women in Movement for Equality, Social Justice and Secularism

Nari Diganta recognises and celebrates Bengali women’s achievements and struggles in a particular field on every International Women’s Day since its foundation. In 2013 we have celebrated the success and struggles of our women in the field of education, and last year we have focused on Bangladeshi-British women’s struggle in public political sphere. This year Nari Diganta organises an evening to recognise the success and voices of creative Bengali women against bigotry and oppression. We will explore our women’s contribution in the creative field to celebrate and scrutinise the International Women’s Day 2015. You are cordially invited to this free event!

Building on their rich cultural heritage, Bengali women in the UK, particularly the new generation are taking on increasingly confident steps into the British creative landscape in the fields of literature, film making, music, dance, theater, fine arts and other unusual creative works. Many of these outstanding talents are indigenous to Tower Hamlets. With thanks to Tower Hamlets Council, PCO Claims, Amifro Associates for the kind partial sponsorship, Nari Diganta undertakes a ‘talent hunt’ of creative Bengali women in Tower Hamlets and beyond to celebrate and critically examine these women’s achievements by inviting them to present their talents to a diverse audience. Our core group members and experienced women’s rights activists will engage in a dialogue with the creative women to understand how their works address issues of oppression, inequity and bigotry. This exchange of ideas will address the question as to how loud and clear our creative Bengali women’s works are in terms of addressing minority women’s oppression and bigotry in a world of injustice.

The event is Free. Its filled with fun, film, timely exchange, music and entertainment. But space is limited, so please reserve your place asap.


5pm: Welcome by Nasima Kajol ‘Greetings from the Four Years Old Nari Diganta’
5:05: Opening Speech by Shamima Begum – ‘Its Time to be Loud and Clear’
5:10pm: Screening of Amazon Souls – An award winning film by Sarah Begum, young British-Bengali woman exploring the Amazon and challenging the environmental destruction through creative work
5:45pm: Creative Women Voices against Oppression – How Loud and Clear We Sound?
An Exchange of Ideas between Creative Women and Bengali Women’s Rights Campaigners

Panelists include: Film-maker and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, Sarah Begum, Women’s Rights Campaigner Dr Rumana Hashem, Piara Mayenin, Doly Islam and many more
6:40pm: ‘Needs to Move Forward’: Commentary by Prominent Women’s Rights Campaigners
Commentators include: Gita Sahgal, Writer and Director of Centre for Secular Space, and Maryam Namazie, Founder and Spokesperson of One Law for All & Fitnah – Movement for Women’s Liberation.
6:50pm: Remarks by Special Guest, High Commissioner of Bangladesh Embassy in London
7:00pm: Bangla Dinner with Special Guest, Creative Women and Women’s Rights Campaigners
7:40pm: Nach Gan Kabita O Bajna – Performance by Bengali Women Artists and Musicians
8:40pm: End of Evening Choir – Presentation by Women in Movement for Equality, Social Justice & Secularism

This programme is designed for a diverse audience. The medium of instruction are English and Bengali. All welcome!

Note: The event will be filmed and it is open to public and mainstream media.

Please check out our blog and FB page for updates and further information.

Begum Rokeya and Women’s Liberation: Then and Now
Celebrating Anniversary of the Legendary Bengali Woman Literary Begum Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain

Date: 05 December 2014, Friday, 5:30pm -8:30pm
Venue: Montefiore Centre, Hanbury Street, London, E1 5HZ

Nari Diganta – the Women in Movement for Equality, Social Justice and Secularism is delighted to invite you to an evening to celebrate the anniversary of a legendary Bengali woman writer and reformer in Muslim society, Begum Rokeya Sakhawat Hossian on Friday, the 5th December 5:30pm at Montefiore Centre, Hanbury Street E1 5HZ.

The topic of our discussion is Begum Rokeya and Women’s Liberation: Then and Now

Speakers: Women at Nari Diganta & Progressive Community Activists.

The event will include quiz, poetry, dance, songs and reading from Begum Rokeya.

You are cordially invited to our interactive discussion and celebration of Begum Rokeya’s anniversary at Nari Diganta. Please save the date for your diary and join us if you can.

For further information about the event please feel free to contact Please check out the facebook page of the Nari Diganta for updates. For further information about who we are please check out the blog

Download Flyer for event Begum Rokeya Flyer Dec 2014

Nari Diganta the Women in Movement for Equality, Social Justice and Secularism


When a Law Legitimises Violation of Human Rights of My Sister

Date and Time: Wednesday, 15th october, 2014, 5.30pm – 9pm.

Location:Montefiore Centre, Hanbury Street, E1 5 London, United Kingdom

Nari Diganta – the Women in Movement for Equality, Social Justice and Secularism would like to invite you to a symposium, ‘When a Law Legitimises Violation of Human Rights of My Sister: the Trouble with and Irrelevance of Sharia Succession Training in the UK ’,

Sharia Law is a bigoted law in which millions of women across the Muslim World have been oppressed, exploited and victimised. Despite its long-disputed and discriminatory aspects, the Law Society in the UK, which represents solicitors in England and Wales, issued a practice note with details of how to draft “Sharia compliant” wills. As experts clarify, practice notes are best guidance for solicitors on specific areas of law. Earlier this year, several anti-racist, feminist and human rights groups have called upon the Law Society to withdraw their practice note. Many women and men from across the UK have rallied in front of the Law Society in London and hundreds of people have signed the open petition for One Law for All. But the Law Society is unwilling to review their practice note. At this juncture, Nari Diganta hosts a symposium to critically discuss the associated troubles with and irrelevance of Sharia Succession Training in the UK. Starting with the screening of a film called, Naree –The Devine Stone, the symposium seeks to open up a discussion through engaging in a dialogue between community activists, experts, and women’s rights advocates. Our aim is to explore the discriminatory aspects of Sharia Law and to come across an understanding of how best to resist Law Society’s recommendations for cultural relativism and bigotry in Britain. You are cordially invited to this symposium.

Confirmed speakers:
Advocate Sultana Kamal, Director, Ain o Salish Kendro
Maryam Namazie, Spokesperson, One Law for All & Founder of Fitnah – Movement for Women’s Liberation
Pragna Patel, Director, Southall Black Sisters
Fariborz Pooya, Director, Bread and Roses TV

Gita Sahgal, Director, Centre for Secular Space

Discussants: Community Activists, East London’s Councillors, Women at Nari Diganta & Secular Academics and Researchers in London.

The event is free for all but a RSVP is needed as spaces are limited. Please reserve your place by emailing For further information about the event please feel free to contact our event co-ordinator, Rumana Hashem, at or
Please feel free to check out the facebook page of the Nari Diganta for updates and for further information about who we are.

Come and join us for an interactive discussion between activists and experts. Bring along your friends and families to tell us yours and theirs stories. We look forward to meet you there!

With love and solidarity to secular struggle and resistance,
Aysha, Dalia, Hena, Kajol, Kona, Nazratun, Nilu, Rozina, Rumana and all the women at Nari Diganta.

Nari Diganta – the Women in Movement for Equality, Social Justice and Secularism


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