Feminist Legal Studies

, Volume 16, Issue 1, pp 9–36 | Cite as

Faith in the state? Asian women’s struggles for human rights in the U.K.

  • Pragna Patel


The discourse of multiculturalism provides a useful means of understanding the complexities, tensions, and dilemmas that Asian and other minority women in the U.K. grapple with in their quest for human rights. However, the adoption of multiculturalist approaches has also silenced women’s voices, obscuring, for example, the role of the family in gendered violence and abuse. Focusing on the work of Southall Black Sisters, and locating this work within current debates on the intersection of government policy, cultural diversity, and feminist activism, this article examines, and critiques, the Labour government’s current “multi-faith” agenda for its impact on Black and minority ethnic women in the U.K.


Asian women black women domestic violence multiculturalism multi-faithism religious fundamentalism secularism state policies women’s human rights 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Southall Black SistersSouthallUK

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