Together We Thrive is an exciting coming together of ideas, people, experiences and challenges which together bring about resilience and ultimately, change.
Led by Julie Siddiqi, working with women from all backgrounds around the UK, this network, this movement, this set of ideas is exciting and is making change happen.
As Muslim women, we are probably the most misunderstood group of people anywhere on the planet! We are so often talked at or talked about but our own voices are not heard enough.
We won’t just stand back and accept the status quo when teachings are misused to detrimental affects in our communities and families.
The mis-use of teachings from our religious texts and scriptures has for too long been used to hold women back, not allowing them to flourish and grow.
As women of faith, our voices are important, our work is crucial and we need to be heard. Each faith community has its own issues, its own learning to do, its own ways of working. We are not all the same but the things we have in common can empower us to make change.
Together, we really can and are, thriving.
“If I am not for myself, who will be for me?
If I am not for others, what am I?
And if not now, when?”
Hillel – Jewish Sage and Scholar
I chose Islam as my way of life in March 1995. Fairly quickly I found myself involved in community organising and all of the ups and downs that come with that!
Early on I helped set up and then chaired An-Nisa Slough Muslim Women’s Group for ten years. Through that I learned a lot, I met amazing people and in some ways I feel the work of Thrive is taking me back again to those early days.
Since then I have met such a variety of people, been given fantastic opportunities, developed resilience through difficulties, made lots of mistakes and most of all I have really understood that I can’t do any of this by myself!
My faith is important to me but I am also fascinated and intrigued by teachings of other faiths and beliefs and in the power of people.
Women are so often not represented properly. Faith communities are not good at empowering women in line with what their faith teachings actually say.
Things are much better than they were even 100 years ago in so many ways but we live in a society which is still un-equal. We have still not fully understood that unless we have diversity in every setting, we will never fully develop and grow. That applies in every area of life – business, charity, education settings, sport, places of worship and even in our own families.
I see myself as a positive, optimist but I try and keep it real too.
This website and the work represented here has been a long time coming and I’m excited! I believe the UK to be one of best countries in the world to live in, while also acknowledging its failings and shortcomings. It gives us so many opportunities but we have to make things happen and grab them with both hands.
I am passionate about friendship and connection and I want to share this journey with you.
One thing my community work and experiences have taught me is that we can all make change, we all have gifts to bring to the world, we all need to develop our purpose and passion in the short time we have on this Earth. But none of it works if we try and go alone.
Get in touch. Be involved. Don’t sit on the side-lines waiting for others to make change happen.
Together we truly can thrive, I’m excited to meet you.
Love and prayers