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Purple Dandelion: A Muslim woman's struggle against violence and oppression

Purple Dandelion: A Muslim woman's struggle against violence and oppression (PDF ebook – 1st edition)

By Sultana, Farida
By Nair, Shila

Purple Dandelion' is the true story of Farida Sultana, an extraordinary Muslim woman and single mother. The book is a reflection of her personal journey as an unconventional child who struggled through her adulthood and married life. Being a survivor of violence and abuse, Farida... emerged as a strong advocate against all forms of violence and cultural and religious oppression against women. The book chronicles her remarkable life. It begins in Bangladesh when as a young girl, she found herself in conflict with her traditional family values and the Islamic culture that prevents girls and women from learning music and arts. Later her arranged marriage to a doctor at the age of 18 took her to war-torn Iran with her husband and young daughter, then to the UK and finally to New Zealand. At each stage of the journey, she attempts to capture the nuances, sights and sounds of the events that she became a part of as she continued on her quest to find herself - in Bangladesh during its freedom struggle, in Iran during the Iran-Iraq war, in England as a single mother and a survivor of domestic violence, and in New Zealand as an immigrant woman. Soon after her arrival in New Zealand, Farida became aware that there were many more immigrant women like her who had to overcome domestic violence and the oppressive, patriarchal societies they lived in. Their need drove her to initiate Shakti, which set up the first ethnic women's refuge in the country. What was conceived as an essential support group for migrant and refugee women has grown into the largest ethnic community organisation in New Zealand, bringing together women and families of over 42 different ethnicities. 'Purple Dandelion' brings to life the experiences and struggles of some of these courageous women. In recognition of her work, Farida was awarded the Queen's Service Medal for Community Service in 2003. In recent years she has been working in Asian and Middle Eastern countries encouraging women to condemn violence and claim their human rights.
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ISBN 9781927147047
Published 1 Apr 2011
Publisher Exisle Publishing
Available in PDF format
Software Read in Browser or Adobe Ebook Compatible Device
Language en

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ISBN-13 9781927147047
Stock Available
Status Wheelers ePlatform
Publisher Exisle Publishing
Imprint Exisle Publishing
Published 1 Apr 2011
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format PDF ebook – 1st edition
Edition 1st
Author(s) By Sultana, Farida
By Nair, Shila
Category Biography & Autobiography
Biography & Autobiography: General
Domestic Violence
Human Rights
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand
Number of Pages 256
Dimensions Not specified
Dewey Code 305.48697092
Weight Not specified - defaults to 0g
Interest Age 14+ years
Reading Age 14+ years
NBS Text Autobiography: General
ONIX Text General/trade