She is an Algerian woman, giving a voice to the people who are living under Islamist Fundamentalist repression. She has written a book called 'Your Fatwa does not apply here' which contains 'untold stories from the fight against Muslim fundamentalism.' Her talk was her own story followed by four of these untold stories. There was the girls theatre school in Pakistan (Peerzada) that stayed open despite bombing threats' Maria Bashir, the first female lawyer in Afghanistan, Abdirizak Bihi, fighting against the recruitment of boys in Minneapolis and Amel Zenoune-Zouani, a female law student in Algiers who refused to give up studying was was murdered on a bus.
Each of these stories speak of hope and that people have to carry on living their lives, telling their stories. That we have to fight. When asked why she didn't give up after yet another of her collegues was murdered Maria Bashir said 'It is not enough to simply be alive. I must live.'
Karima uses the definition: 'Fundamentalisms (note the plural) are political movements on the extreme right, which in the context of globalisation manipulate religion to achieve their political aims.' She spoke of how only 15% of the victims of this terrorism are westerners, the ordinary people living in these countries are the everyday victims and it is a tragedy that we know the names of men like Osama Bi Laden, but the Amels and Marias of the world are forgotten. This ongoing struggle is a human rights issue and we must not forget these people.
Karima wants us to commit to supporting these people who peacefully challenge terrorism and fundamentalism in their own communities.