18 January 2016

Muslim Leaders Warn David Cameron Educating Women Is Not The Same As Tackling Radicalisation

David Cameron has been accused of conflating education with radicalisation after announcing a £20m fund to improve the English skills of Muslim women.

While a number of Muslim commentators welcomed moves to empower and educate women, they also warned the government was confusing two different issues when it came to extremism.

Mohammed Shafiq, chief executive of the Ramadhan Foundation, said: "There are three million Muslims in this country and the Prime Minister chooses to focus on a very small minority of extremists when clearly the majority of British Muslims reject extremism.

"The Ramadhan Foundation has been clear for many years that we face an increased risk from terrorism and an ideology of hatred.

"The best way to confront it is to build support within Muslims and support the work done across the country, and not lashing out and denigrating Muslims."

Speaking after David Cameron announced a new £20 million fund to teach women English, a number of Muslims have discussed both the positive and negative implications of his proposals. [The Huffington Post UK] Read more