Nasreen Rehman

Nasreen Rehman; Foto: private A lapsed economist, Nasreen Rehman is a historian of modern South Asia with a particular interest in the political economy of aesthetics. She is an award winning playwright and screenplay writer. Nasreen believes in the power of the arts and education to transform lives and communities. She combines her academic and artistic work with a commitment to voluntary work. She is co-founder and current Chair of British Muslims for Secular Democracy (BMSD), an organisation that challenges both Islamophobia and obscurantist Muslim voices that seek to appropriate the public sphere. She is convenor and Vice Chair of the National Commission on Forced Marriage. Currently, she is involved in workshops on civic education in the London Borough of Newham, seeking to empower Muslim women through knowledge of their civic rights and duties in tandem with an enlightened, democratic and equitable interpretation of Islam.
Her involvement in the struggle for democracy and equity goes back over decades. She is a founder member of the Women’s Action Forum (WAF), a women’s rights movement that started in Pakistan in the 1980s. She has worked as an economist in the private sector and in development, in the U.K and in Pakistan. As director of the Mahbub ul Haq Human Development Centre, she steered the publication of the Report on the Crises of Governance in South Asia, and helped to develop the terms of reference for the Centre’s report on Gender in the region. As trustee of the Runnymede Trust, UK, she served on two national commissions on anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, respectively.