Taxpayers fund the ‘Muslim Women Power List’
And it is not only Christians who might be irked by this, for what of the ‘Sikh Women Power List’, or the ‘Hindu Women Power List’, or the ‘Jewish Women Power List’, or the ‘Buddhist Women Power List’. Not to mention the ‘Atheist Women Power List’ and the ‘Jedi Knight Women Power List’ (can women be knights?). And Cranmer won’t even bother asking about the ‘Men Power Lists’. Or the ‘Lesbian Muslim Women Power List’, or the ‘Gay Jedi Knight Men Power List’, etc., etc.
It may be a little more comprehensible if this were the 'Asian Women Power List', notwithstanding similar objections to those above. But it is incredible (or maybe it is no longer so) that the government-funded body charged with issues of equality – the EHRC – is sponsoring something called the ‘Muslim Women Power List 2009’.
The EHRC professes to be ‘working to eliminate discrimination, reduce inequality, protect human rights and to build good relations, ensuring that everyone has a fair chance to participate in society’.
Not with this sort of patronising and divisive initiative they aren’t.
Forgive Cranmer for being a little dense or backward, but how on earth can a competition which is limited to only the female adherents of just one religion be remotely concerned with matters of equality or the elimination of discrimination when there are no equivalents for other faiths? If it be true that Asian women suffer discrimination, where is the evidence that it is specifically Muslim women who suffer more than the Sikhs or Hindus?
The ‘Muslim Women Power List’ has apparently been established to commend ‘the achievements of Muslim women in business, the arts, media, voluntary and public sectors’. It aims to ‘raise awareness of their social and economic contribution to British working life and celebrate their success at a gala dinner at The Lowry Hotel on 24 March 2009’.
That’s nice for them.
If Cranmer’s readers and communicants want some amusement today, the List website is certainly worth exploring. There are so many ‘Easy Read’ buttons for information and forms that Cranmer is left wondering at the EHRC’s assessment of the average IQ of Muslims, or women, or Muslim women. In fact, if Cranmer were either a Muslim or a woman or both, (s)he would be inclined to make a formal complaint to the EHRC for patronising discrimination. Quite incredibly, they feel the need to specify the entry criteria:
To be part of the event, you must be
You don’t say.
And they helpfully explain their sponsors and the event as follows:
We are called the Equality and Human Rights Commission. We work to make sure people are treated in a good and fair way.
We are having an important event called the Muslim Women Power List 2009.
The event will be on 24 March 2009 at a place called The Lowry in Salford, Manchester.
The event is to show all the great things that Muslim women working in Britain have done. We want lots of people in Britain to know about this.
We are looking for Muslim women who have done really well in their work to be part of the event.
They could be managers or people in charge. Or they could be people who work in other jobs and have shown they can do really great things.
We would love to hear from you if you are a Muslim woman and think you should be part of the Muslim Women Power List 2009 event.
We and a group of people called judges will look at the information you give us. We will decide if the person or people you have told us about can be part of the Muslim Women Power List 2009 event.
We will then tell you what we decide.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Thank you very much,
Group Director of Communications
Equality and Human Rights Commission
3 More London Riverside
London SE1 2RG
Well, there is no doubt that Mr Ahmed (presumably no relation) got an A* in GCSE English with that lot of patronising, monosyllabic pap. He writes as though he would commend the achievements of Muslim women in English comprehension, let alone excelling in any other sphere. He continues with one of the other conditions for entry:
You can only send us back the form if
•the information on the form is true
•there are no discrimination claims against you. A discrimination claim is when someone wants to take another person to a type of court called a tribunal. This is because they think that person has treated them badly.
So now we have the PC-orthodox definition of discrimination: thinking you been treated badly.
The Chair of the Panel of Judges is to be Trevor Phillips. He will be speaking very slowly, in words of one syllable, in order that all the manifestly dense people attending may be able to comprehend (grasp) the nuances (very small difference in meaning) of his covert agenda (secret plans) for the advancement (promotion) of Muslim women over their Sikh, Hindu, Jewish and Christian (kuffar) counterparts (people extremely like Muslim women, but just not Muslim).
Cranmer is sorely tempted to bring a discrimination claim against Trevor Phillips for promoting such an anti-Sikh (...etc) event, for, by being excluded from this competition, they may think they are being treated very badly indeed. Such a claim would then leave the Chair of the Panel of Judges in contravention of the standards set for the entrants.