Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Sisterhood and Solidarity

Its 10am on a splendid Tuesday morning and I am running off the pressed DLR with closest companion Sitara in tow its the bicentenary of International Women's Day and we would prefer not to be late! Ladies for Women International have composed a worldwide fight called 'Join Women on the Bridge' where ladies over the world are meeting up on 40 scaffolds to make a stand. We need to arrive at the Southbank to show solidarity for ladies in war-torn nations over the world, and to bring issues to light about the issues that keep on influencing ladies. As I meet the ever helpful group from Maslaha who have banded together with Women for Women International and my kindred activists from Young Muslim Voices there is a genuine buzz circulating everywhere and Borough Market appears to have woken up with fervor and foresight.

We have wore Maslaha's trademark orange and are wearing whatever orange clothing we could discover and are prepared to begin the walk! Notices are continuously made, shirts being made and petitions marked, Polaroids clicking endlessly like paparazzi, I get an embrace from a more peculiar this is a group meeting up like no other! Walking over the Embankment whilst droning engaging trademarks we feel elated when passers by empower us and toot their horns in backing, whilst we talk with similarly invested individuals to examine how we can accomplice up to roll out progressing improvement as we might be the dynamic change producers of today. As I walk over the extension, I consider Emily Pankhurst and the suffragettes and the amount strength they needed to remained up as a minority to roll out improvements for eras to come, I felt that I am so fortunate to have the capacity to be here and make a stand for ladies over the world without trepidation of oppression.

As we all let go off the white peace inflatable practically ceremonially and watch them drift into the reasonable blue sky I think about my astonishing mother who is the strongest living lady I know and I think about Sitara's mother and I make supplication to God that she is viewing us from the sky above. 
They say Feminism has put some distance between ladies today and it is a "Western" idea that not all ladies can identify with however as I look around me we are astonished to see such a large number of diverse ladies and men of all ages and foundations meeting up for the message of disparity.

We hold up our striking standard "Muslim Women for Muslim Women" I feel a feeling of pride as spectators take photographs and look interestedly at us 'multi various' part holding it and walking along unfalteringly. When we have completed the walk there are talks to originate from some mind boggling ladies and we listen eagerly and cheer frantically to the Afghani ladies, to the descendent of the Pankhursts and a lot of people more. I am humbled by the work done by these different associations during the time to push ladies' strengthening and I feel profoundly propelled to get more involved.  It is a miserable actuality that numerous ladies around the globe from Congo to Afganistan have been quieted and have no voice to impart their torment however today's stance demonstrates the force of individuals to activate change.

As Sitara and I leave the Southbank we jealously take a gander at the recently made 'ladies rock' shirt with a rock drawn on it and regret over our absence of symbolization aptitudes and I wonder about the benevolence of the individuals we have met and the lengths they go to for others. 

Tuesday, 26 February 2013


Solidarity is the integration, and degree and type of integration, shown by a society or group with people and their neighbors. It refers to the ties in a society that bind people to one another. The term is generally employed in sociology and the other social sciences. What forms the basis of solidarity varies between societies. In simple societies it may be mainly based around kinship and shared values. In more complex societies there are various theories as to what contributes to a sense of social solidarity.

Thursday, 26 July 2012

The Sisterhood

After the March 1985 release of the first Sisters of Mercy album First and Last and Always the band prepared themselves for a follow-up. Eldritch: "The next Sisters album was going to be called 'Left On Mission and Revenge'."

Singer Andrew Eldritch saw the time ripe for a change of direction: "I always wanted to do something different, because whatever we did it all eventually sounded the same."  "I wanted to find out how to record songs without any rock structures and especially without guitars."

Together with guitarist Wayne Hussey Eldritch went to Hamburg-Bramfeld during August and September 1985  to compose new material. Wayne Hussey: "I went to Hamburg for a month with Andrew to try and write songs for the second Sisters album, and we came back with all my ideas rejected and Andrew's very skeletal."  "Andrew rejected all my songs and let me work on one single chord all the time: 'Here's my song - E minor!"

Back in England the band came together to rehearsals in October 1985, but the musical differences had become irreconcilable. Wayne Hussey: "We got to doing the second album and Andrew said 'I'm not singing any of your songs.'"

Eldritch: "Then they said 'Well, okay, what are we gonna do for new songs?' And I said 'How about this, this and this' and, unfortunately, the first 'this' I cited had too many chords per minute and Craig said 'If that's the guitar line, I'm not playing it' and walked out. That was really that." "The others didn't want to play my new songs, such as 'Torch' for instance.  The song has some unusual chord changes. Craig thought it was crap, he said 'I'm not playing it, I'm going home.' And there he stayed."

Hussey: "Craig walked out of rehearsal and a day later I did."

The music press reported the break-up of the band on Saturday, 2 November 1985: "The Sisters of Mercy were down to singer Andrew Eldritch and his faithful drum machine Avalanche this week after guitarist Wayne Hussey and bassist Craig Adams left the band. Although this has scuppered recording plans for a new album this month, Andrew now intends to record the same album in the New Year and could well be using Wayne as a session guitarist. The split was described as 'friendly' by a Merciful Release spokesperson. 'The cliché of musical differences would not be inappropriate. Wayne and Craig were unable to comprehend the direction the band was going.' Andrew has also approached former Gun Club bassist Patricia Morrison - now in Fur Bible - to play on the album, but it's not yet known whether Andrew will continue with the name Sisters of Mercy. Wayne and Craig are now reported to be getting their own band together."

Andrew Eldritch: "The people that are now The Mission and myself had an agreement, no one would use the name when the band went its separate ways."  "The band was good and successful, each of us could continue. The split came at a time when it wouldn't do us any damage." 

Friday, 26 August 2011


Siblings are people who share at least one parent. A male sibling is called a brother; and a female sibling is called a sister. In most societies throughout the world, siblings usually grow up together and spend a good deal of their childhood socializing with one another. This genetic and physical closeness may be marked by the development of strong emotional bonds such as love or hostility. The emotional bond between siblings is often complicated and is influenced by factors such as parental treatment, birth order, personality, and personal experiences outside the family.