“In celebrating and memorialising Shamima Shaikh, we also remind ourselves that the struggle for an egalitarian society has not ended, it continues, and needs each one of us to put our shoulder to the wheel of justice as it trudges along the path of history.”
Thandile Kona – President of the MYM
The Muslim Youth Movement Gender Desk commemorated and celebrated the life of the late Shamima Shaikh, one of South Africa’s most prominent Muslim gender rights’ activists.
The Shamima Shaikh Commemorative Lecture was held at the Bo Kaap Musuem, 31 Wale Street, Cape Town on the 17th September 2016.
Shamima passed away at her home in Mayfair Johannesburg on January 08th after suffering a relapse of cancer.
Shamima through her commitment to Islam, believed it was imperative to speak out and act against all kinds of injustices, especially racial and gender discrimination. As a proponent for gender justice within the South African Muslim community.Shamima championed the causes of women’s access and inclusion in sacred spaces, a just Muslim Personal Law and promoted, through her own example, women’s leadership and scholarship.
Dr. Fatima Seedat delivered a presentation titled: “Narratives of empowerment: Muslim women and the Gender jihad in South Africa.” at the Shamima Shaikh Lecture.