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UN International Women’s Day Biographies:

Posted by peacedevelopmentnetwork on August 11, 2009

UN International Women’s Day Biographies:

 

Ms. Shenaz Bunglawala: Lecturer and Author on Issues of Political Islam at LSE and Vice Chair of the Europe and International Affairs committee of the Muslim Council of Britain.

Shenaz Bunglawala holds a Masters degree from the LSE, is a recipient of an LSE PhD studentship award and an award for Teaching Excellence from the Department of Government at LSE. Her doctoral thesis (unfinished) is on Islamist discourses in Turkey. Shenaz has lectured and taught undergraduate courses in political science, with a specific focus on religion, at the LSE, King’s College and has been guest lecturer at the American University at Richmond and St Andrews University. Her work has been published in Ethics and International Affairs, Faith and International Relations and RUSI Newsbrief, among others. Her paper on ‘British Muslims: Identity and Engagement’ will be published in February 2009. Shenaz is Vice Chair of the Europe and International Affairs committee of the MCB. She is also a founder and executive committee member of the Conservative Friends of Turkey and co-editor of a new blog site for young British and European Muslim academics and writers to share critiques, perspectives and original research on Islam and Muslim life in Europe.

Mrs. Kat Callo: Trustee of Project Mosaic, Author, former Reuters Asia and Europe Correspondent

Kat Callo is a Trustee of Project Mosaic, a pro-tolerance educational charity based in the UK. The charity was set up in 2008 in memory of Kat’s cousin, Dave Fontana, who was one of the 343 firefighters that died on September 11, 2001 while helping to rescue some 28,000 people from the World Trade Towers. Project Mosaic (www.projectmosaic.net) teaches children and young people to be more tolerant of those from a different background. The charity works on a grassroots level to promote interfaith and intercultural tolerance, inter-ethnic good citizenship and integration of immigrant communities, and to combat group hatred and extremism.

Project Mosaic sends successful people from immigrant backgrounds to give inspiring talks to young people in schools and youth clubs. These “Global Citizen” talks explore identity, tolerance and engaged citizenship, while also providing practical advice about career development and building connections within mainstream society. Project Mosaic also holds a lecture series. Kat is also founding director of an online and consultancy business in London, Rosetta Consulting Ltd, that specialises on apartment homeowner rights and has written two books on the subject. Previously she worked at Reuters for 17 years, as a correspondent based in London, Brussels, Manila, Hong Kong and Hanoi. She reported on conflict in Afghanistan and Cambodia in the 1980s and traveled extensively as a journalist throughout Asia. Kat later worked as a media executive at Reuters London headquarters. She is a native New Yorker, a British-American dual national and is married with two children. She has lived in the UK for nearly 20 years.

Ms. Rita Payne: Chair of Commonwealth Journalists Association, former Editor of BBC Asia

Freelance journalist, media adviser and Chair of the UK branch of the Commonwealth Journalists Association. The main mission of the CJA is to promote media freedom and the protection of journalists. I am regularly invited to write, address, moderate or organise debates and discussions on topical issues for the CJA and outside organisations. Until my retirement in 2008, I spent nearly thirty years with the BBC. My last position was Asia Editor, BBC World News (TV) with responsibility for three news programmes a day. Before moving to TV I was a news editor/producer/presenter at BBC World Service radio. I have been invited to moderate two sessions at the UN World Urban Forum in March, 2010. I was shortlisted for the BBC Global Reith Awards 2009.

Mrs. Hadia Saad: Activist in Muslim Women’s Issues for Alulbayt Foundation in London. Hadia Saad obtained her degree in Humanities from University of Greenwich in 1994. She was a press officer for the Embassy of Qatar from 1994 until 1996. She later received training to teach English to speakers of other languages and taught in various institutions in Lebanon from 1998 until 2006.

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One Response to “UN International Women’s Day Biographies:”

  1. […] Kat Callo is a Trustee of Project Mosaic, a pro-tolerance educational charity based in the UK. The charity was set up in 2008 in memory of Kat’s cousin, Dave Fontana, who was one of the 343 firefighters that died on September 11, 2001 while helping to rescue some 28,000 people from the World Trade Towers. Project Mosaic (www.projectmosaic.net) teaches children and young people to be more tolerant of those from a different background. The charity works on a grassroots level to promote interfaith and intercultural tolerance, inter-ethnic good citizenship and integration of immigrant communities, and to combat group hatred and extremism. (read more) […]

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