On Monday, 8th June at 7.00 pm UK time, Tina Beattie was in conversation with Julie Siddiqi  about their experiences of faith as a Muslim woman and a Catholic woman during a time of global crisis.

This is a YouTube recording of the Zoom discussion, which was livestreamed on the Catholic Women Speak Facebook page.

Julie Siddiqi is a mentor, consultant and gender equality campaigner with a specific focus on Jewish-Muslim and other interfaith relations and on applying that to social action work together. She has a background in community grass roots work spanning 20 years and founded a local charity for Muslim women’s needs, which she led for 10 years.

Julie is Co-founder of The Big Iftar during Ramadan, which has seen such events as the first ever Iftar (breaking of the fast) reception at Lambeth Palace hosted by Archbishop Justin Welby in 2014.

She was the Executive Director of the Islamic Society of Britain from 2010-2014 and is a Fellow in the Faith and Civil Society Unit at Goldsmiths University.

She was previously a member of the Government’s National Muslim Women’s Advisory Group and mentor for the Prince of Wales Charity, Mosaic. She is a Governor at Eden Girls School in Slough.

Julie was previously listed in the Times Newspaper’s 100 Most Influential Muslim Women in the UK and is a regular voice on BBC Radio 4’s Thought For The Day.

She is Founder and Director of Sadaqa Day, a one-day Muslim-led focus on social action and is Co-founder of the Jewish and Muslim Women’s Network, Nisa-Nashim. She is Co-founder of Open My Mosque, a campaign to highlight and speak out about inequalities in UK mosques.

Read Julie’s blog post – “She Speaks We Hear”