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Aisha Lee Fox Shaheed
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United Kingdom - Europe
Genres Academic, Poetry, Journalist
Aisha Lee Fox Shaheed is a freelance writer-researcher with a background in history, emphasizing gender, (post)colonialism and the media. As a person of mixed heritage, she has grown up between rural Canada, London, and Pakistan. After attending the International Community School in London, she attended the University of Toronto, studying History and Cinema Studies. Her Masters degree, focusing on the histories of medieval European women, American colonization, and historiography, was completed at McGill University in Montréal, Québec. After graduating, Aisha spent a year in Lahore, Pakistan working with Shirkat Gah Women’s Resource Centre, researching and writing about the histories of women and feminism in Muslim contexts. She also served as a freelance contributor to the Pakistani national English-language newspaper, the Friday Times.
For the past three years she has been a networker for the transnational feminist solidarity network, Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML), which endeavours to create links amongst women and women’s groups within Muslim countries and communities; to strengthen local and global struggles for social justice; and to increase women’s knowledge about both their common and diverse situations in various contexts. She has been working as a freelance writer, broadcaster, and social activist around myriad issues, including documenting her own experiences with cancer treatment and outreach programmes to young women living with life-threatening illnesses. Her writing ventures from historical analysis to journalism, academic writing to spoken-word poetry, and beyond. As a person of many cultural and national backgrounds – and of many interests – she enjoys dividing her time between Canada, Pakistan and England, and is especially intrigued by representations of women that cut across various markers of identity. She is in the process of relocating to the UK, where she works at the international coordination office of WLUML. Her forthcoming publications include chapters on the politics of clothing in Muslim contexts and storytelling as feminist historiography. She is currently working on an analytical overview of the status of women and women’s activism in Saudi Arabia.
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