MsYiY = Miss Yasmin is Yasmin.
This blog is the diary of a London based social entrepreneur. I am a born & bred British woman writing on the highs, lows, current affairs, Islam, food, fashion, travel, shopping and stuff. My day job is lone parent, Lovedesh, Amcariza, Safara and problems with my backward family honouring my late dad's estate in Bangladesh. Oh - and I grew up in a strict, eccentric first generation immigrant family now gone wrong - for which I am grateful for.
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Episode 1 - Intro - #MsYiY - Diary of A Social Entrepreneur.
Episode 2 - 'Ali Nagor Tears'. #MsYiY - Diary of A Social Entrepreneur.
This is my story of British domestic honour based violence now gone international.
I am Yasmin Choudhury. I am a social entrepreneur. I live in London and am British.
I am the founder of Lovedesh (social business/enterprise) and Amcariza Foundation, a British charity. The former is launching the #LTTTW campaign which will showcase my heritage nation of Bangladesh and other nations in August 2015 at a top prestigious venue in London. Both are designed to make the rest of the world fall in love with 'Third World' nations and to buy from the artisans out there - so that more pennies can be put into the pockets of local people.
And I whole-heartedly and unreservedly disagree with the idea, the concept, its message and strategy.
Like the WJD founder I am Muslim. I too am of Bangladeshi heritage. That is where the difference ends. But I am British. Was born in London. And I have never worn hijab unless the occasion merits it.
Many of the women in my British community and especially women in the Sylhet region of Bangladesh do. Yet growing up I recall how hardly anyone covered their hair. I find it interesting. Because I am not sure the reason is in always about empowerment.
Today, in 2015 nearly all the Muslim women in my community both in UK and Bangladesh wear the hijab with a black overcoat or the niqab. And it is starting to really worry me. Sigh. Not the wearing of course - which I utterly support. It is the why, the how, the when and the who. And how by wearing it - perhaps other more important, insidious issues within our world are hidden and disguised. Ob…
#honour abuse #misogyny#sylhet#bangladesh#letter
My rally call today to all Muslims & Brits - as part of Eid Mubarek is to say enough is enough - let's kick out evil patriarchy & oppression once and for all please?#equalityforall (Now - for a series of open Choudhury letters from me. One of many to my British Bangladesh London based Muslim family who are utterly UnIslamic). Open Letter From An Aunt To The Next Generation
Imtiaz Choudhury (20, nephew Brunel University), Nadia Choudhury (19 niece Graveney School), Mikhail Choudhury (16 nephew at Harris Academy, Mitcham).
As I have been kicked out and expelled/ostracised by my #British & #Bangladesh family and community - I wrote via iPhone on low battery. Hence excuse typos or grammar errors. Also I may have your ages wrong as being your aunt. That is not my fault. You will recall that I was cut off by your parents Nazmin Choudhury and Enamul Haque Choudhury because I dared to once have a relationship wi…