Dr. Usama Hasan attended the funeral service in London of Cassandra Marlin Balchin (1962-2012), a tireless campaigner for Muslim women’s rights who worked with Women Living Under Muslim Laws (www.wluml.org ), served as Chair of the Muslim Women’s Network UK (http://www.mwnuk.co.uk/ ) and co-founded Musawah (http://www.musawah.org/ ), the global movement for equality and justice in the Muslim family.

Usama worked with Cassandra and colleagues on the Muslim Marriage Contract (www.muslimmarriagecontract.org ) that aims to achieve justice for Muslim women in the UK, right up until her death: coincidentally, Usama and her other colleagues had previously scheduled a meeting to continue the work on the day she died, and went ahead with the meeting, as per Cassandra’s wishes.

Read tributes to Cassandra at http://www.musawah.org/remembering-cassandra-balchin-1962-2012, http://www.wluml.org/media/remembering-cassandra-balchin and http://www.mwnuk.co.uk/Tribute_to_Cass_Balchin_139_c.php