Nassara Bostan's Story
Nassara's Fellowship took her to Indonesia and Malaysia to investigate the role of Muslim women's leadership.
Nassara was fed up with constantly hearing how Muslim women are ‘oppressed’ and how being a Muslim hinders their progress in society. Her 2011 Fellowship took her to Indonesia and Malaysia, where she explored ways in which these two progressive, mainly Muslim nations have empowered and advanced Muslim women. Nassara met with Muslim women leaders, activists and politicians from a wide spectrum of communities and traditions. She discovered that they worked closely together to build up a substantial body of resources to provide public education, and to empower and encourage others to challenge inequality and to demand equal rights.
Nassara's Fellowship has given her the confidence to become a role model for others in her Muslim community in Bradford. She has shared her findings with The Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the Muslim Women’s Council, and The Christian and Muslim Women’s Forum. She continues to seek ways to increase the representation and seniority of Muslim women in their organisations, for the wider benefit of economic, cultural and civic life.