Sharia Councils Inquiries

Two controversial government inquiries are being made in the services provided by Sharia councils in the UK, and have been met with criticism by some Muslim women. There are around 30 Sharia councils in Britain, which are tribunals where religious scholars use Islamic laws to resolve domestic problems or social dilemmas. A large part of marriages within the Islamic community are religious-only, without having legal validity, thus the only necessary divorce is the religious one. Additionally, in cases of civil-and-religious marriages, one’s community might not accept the end of marriage without also obtaining a religious divorce.

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Madwomen In Attics

The number of women suffering from mental disorders is quickly rising, yet the funds given to the mental health sector are being cut. The Department of Health reports that in 2014-2015 alone, over a million women were in contact with mental health care and/or learning disability centers, but the overall percentage of people who were then admitted by the said services is decreasing each year. The question is, is the care they are being given appropriate?

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How Free is Our Free Time?

One of the best parts of starting university is having both the time and the opportunity to try out many different things and learn more about yourself – what you love, what you are good at (not necessarily the same), and what you really, really don’t like. Because it doesn’t matter, this is your time to experiment, and you can switch, back out or take another hobby any time. At least that is how it’s supposed to be.

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