Baroness Warsi to discuss British values, terrorism, and religious freedom

18th April 2017

Baroness Sayeeda Warsi - Britain's first female Muslim cabinet minister - will explore cultural differences, terrorism, social justice, religious freedom and the meaning of 'British values' at an upcoming event at Sheffield Hallam University.

The free event, on Wednesday 19 April (2pm - 3.30pm), is part of the Justice Talks series, run by Sheffield Hallam's Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice (HKC). Previous Justice Talks events have seen prominent figures including Terry Waite, Shami Chakrabarti and Trevor Phillips visit Sheffield Hallam to discuss issues around social justice, politics and human rights. As well as being a politician, Baroness Warsi is a lawyer, businesswoman and justice campaigner. Appointed a life peer at the age of 36, she served as Chairman of the Conservative Party, was Senior Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and held office as the Minister for Faith and Communities. In the summer of 2014, Baroness Warsi resigned from government, citing its 'morally indefensible' policy on Gaza. The talk will focus on Baroness Warsi's new book, The Enemy Within, which examines whether the government's counter terrorism strategy has been effective or counterproductive and what Britain's Muslim communities might have become had the war on terror not happened. Baroness Warsi will draw on her own unique position in British life, as the child of Pakistani immigrants, an outsider, who became an insider, the UK's first Muslim Cabinet minister, to explore questions of cultural difference, terrorism, surveillance, social justice, religious freedom, integration and the meaning of 'British values'. Baroness Warsi will be in discussion with Sital Dhillon, head of law and criminology at Sheffield Hallam and director of the HKC. The free event will take place at the Heart of the Campus building on Wednesday 19 April (2pm - 3.30pm) on Collegiate Crescent. Click here for more information or to book your ticket.

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