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MWNUK March 2014 Newsletter
 
Date: 31/3/2014


 NEWSLETTER 
March 2014

Dear Network Member,

Message from MWNUK

Executive Director


March saw the global celebration of  International Women's Day  and we were reminded again of the significant  achievements  of women across the world to date.

However, much remains to be done. Here in the UK, MWNUK were aghast at the lenient sentence given to a Muslim man found  guilty  of child abuse to a young girl. So  we spoke out . And we will continue to speak out for all those  victims  whose voices we cannot hear.

And we will  keep challenging . One of our key priorities is changing attitudes to  mental health, and our upcoming Annual General Meeting will continue our efforts in this area. 

We hope to see you there!

Faeeza Vaid (Executive Director)

MWNUK UPDATES

Upcoming Annual
General Meeting

MWNUK will be holding our 2014 AGM in  Birmingham  on  Friday 9 May. The theme of this year\'s AGM is : Muslim Women and Mental Health 

Speakers will be confirmed soon and a full agenda will be sent out, but for now  save the date and to  book  your place at the AGM  click here .

International Women\'s
Day Events

MWNUK presented our  role modelling exhibitions  at a number of events to celebrate  IWD, including to students at  South City College  in Birmingham, at the  Salaam Festival  at New Art Gallery in Walsall, and  Babington College  in Leicester.

Star Fundraiser for
MWN Helpline

Following our IWD  Sponsored Silence Campaign  to raise funds for a Muslim Women's Network Helpline ,  MWNUK would like to congratulate our star fundraiser  Aaliyah Gohir  who has managed to raise  351.35  through her sponsored silence. She has also blogged about it  here .

Thank you Aaliyah!

 Letter to Attorney General 

On the 20thMarch MWNUK wrote a letter to the  Attorney General  requesting that the sentence given to Suleman Maknojioa, the Quran teacher from Blackburn who abused a young girl be  reviewed . Mainstream media covered the story too, and MWNUK are awaiting the decision as to whether it will be appealed.  We  commend the family  of this victim for being  brave  and standing publicly for  justice .

MWNUK VAWG
Inquiry Submission

MWNUK submitted written evidence to the  Joint Committee on Human Rights , chaired by Dr Hywel Francis MP, who launched an inquiry into violence against women and girls ( VAWG ).

The Committee undertook the inquiry against the background of the rights of women and girls covered by the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (the Istanbul Convention), yet to be ratified by the Government, and the UN Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).


In this context, the Committee was particularly keen to consider the extent to which issues relating to  culture, custom, religion  or  tradition  may be used as a  justification  for any acts of violence against women and girls and other serious human rights violations.

MWNUK responded to this inquiry with a written submission which can be downloaded  here .

Female Genital Mutilation Events

To ensure MWNUK are abreast of all developments in this area, MWNUK Network Coordinator Shahin Ashraf attended 3 national conferences of FGM.

(MWNUK Network Coordinator Shahin Ashraf with Edna Adan former minister of Somaliland 2003-2008)

MWNUK also presented an awareness raising event at a secondary school in Birmingham to over 100 girls. It was apparent that many girls at risk were not fully aware of this practice and what it entailed.

Anyone who is worried about a child being or has been a victim of FGM can contact  MWNUK , the Police, or the  NSPCC free FGM national helpline  on  0800 028 3550  for information and support.

Equality Advisory
Support Service

On the 26thMarch ED Faeeza Vaid presented some of the experiences of Muslim women who have experienced  discrimination  or  human rights issues  within their day-to day lives to the EEAS Reference Group.

EEAS have a bespoke  multi-lingual helpline  able to offer advice on issues relating to equality and human rights, across England, Scotland and Wales.

The telephone number is  0808 800 0082  and our opening hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm and Saturday 10am to 2pm.

 Ongoing Child Sexual Exploitation Work 


  • On 12thMarch as part of MWNUK's ongoing CSE work, National Network Coordinator Shahin Ashraf and Chair Shaista Gohir presented a  workshop  on CSE to 150 students at Birmingham South City College.
  • MWNUK's CSE report Unheard Voices: Sexual Exploitation of Asian Girls and Young Women has now been downloaded over  2700  times.


 MEMBER  UPDATES

Featured Member
(Daughters of Eve)

MWNUK member Leyla Hussein is the co-founder of  Daughters of  Eve' - a non profit organisation that works to protect girls and young women who are at risk from female genital mutilation (FGM). They do this by raising awareness about FGM and sign-posting support services to ultimately help bring an end to this practice.

Daughters of Eve are currently working with the Metropolitan police on Project Azure'. Project Azure works with partner agencies to raise awareness among practitioners and communities to develop preventative strategies.

Leyla herself is a Psychotherapist, and has been awarded Cosmopolitan Ultimate campaigner Women of the Year Award 2010 and received the Emma Humphrey Award in 2011 for her work on FGM and violence against women and children.

Daughters of Eve are currently campaigning on Twitter to stop FGM, by asking us to join by tagging your selfies (see below)  @CLIT_ROCK #endFGM  or  #STOPFGM. 

OTHER UPDATES

MUSAWAH

Musawahis a global Muslim women's movement.

 Video 
Musawah are the subject of a  film  by the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) released to coincide with International Women\'s Day 2014.  \'Making Waves\'  explores the challenges faced and the progress made by  women activists  and  scholars , and their male counterparts, in promoting interpretations of the Qur\'an and Hadiths that empower women and promote  justice, equality  and  dignity . It identifies ways in which women have successfully  overcome the barriers  preventing them from engaging in the discourse concerning interpretations of the Qur\'an and Hadiths.

 Award 

On the eve of International Women\'s Day, France\'s Ambassador to Malaysia, Martine Dorance, conferred Sisters in Islam (SIS) co-founder and Musawah director,  Zainah Anwar , the French government\'s highest award - the  Legion of Honour .
MWNUK wishes Zainah our heartfelt  congratulations .

CSW58 (2014)

CSW58 Banner
The fifty-eighth session of the  Commission on the Status of Women  took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 10 to 21 March 2014. Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world attended the session.

 Themes 

 Priority theme: 
Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls
The Agreed Conclusions (advance unedited version) is available here.

 Review theme: 
Access and participation of women and girls to education, training, science and technology, including for the promotion of women's equal access to full employment and decent work (agreed conclusions from the fifty-fifth session)
Emerging issue:
Women's access to productive resources

NEWS

Muslim Woman on UK Commemorative Stamp


As part of Royal Mail's commemorating stamps for the centenary year for the start of World War I, a Muslim women  Noor Inayat Khan  is included. Read more here.

Phillipine Women Make History


On the 28 March, the whole world witnessed for the very first time a  woman chief negotiator  signing a major peace agreement that will put an end to more than four decades of armed fighting in southern Philippines. Read more here.

OPPORTUNITIES

Research

MWNUK have received a number of opportunities to participate in interesting research. These may all be found on the  Notices ' section of our website.

EVENTS

Meeting with UN Special Rappateur Rashida Manjoo


This meeting hosted by  EIMAN is an opportunity to contribute to the UN Special Rapporteur's understanding of Violence Against Women in the UK.

 Date: Wednesday 2 April 2014
 Time: 2- 4.30pm
 Venue: Leicester Central Mosque, Conduit Street, Leicester, LE2 0JN
 Contact:  contact@eiman.org.uk

BME Mental Health Conference


The focus of the conference organised by  MC-UK (My Community UK)  will be on refugee and asylum seeker communities as well as the elderly.

 Date: Tuesday 15thApril 2014
 Venue: Manchester Conference Centre, Weston Hall of Residence, Sackville Street, Manchester, M1 3BB
 Contact:  Dr Caroline Henson on caroline.henson@mc-uk.org or tazeem.shah@mc-uk.org Or call on 0161 7131892 for any further queries.

Grooming & Sexual Exploitation Event

This event organised by  Nottingham Muslim Women's Network will include presentations from MWNUK,  the  NSPCC  and the  Police  on grooming and sexual exploitation of Asian women and girls.

 Date:  16thApril 2014
 Time: 10am 2.30pm
 V  e  nue:  New Arts Exchange, Gregory Boulevard, Nottingham, NG7 6BE
 Contact:  shazia.khan@nmwn.co.uk

MWNUK\'s commitment to furthering the plights of Muslim women in the UK is met with the ongoing challenge of funding our initiatives. We really need your financial support in bringing about justice for Muslim women in the UK.
As a registered charity,  number 1155092)  you can donate here. Or you can donate via text. To  donate 5  text the following code  NISA04 5  to  70070 

 In This Newsletter 

Message from Executive Director

 MWNUK UPDATES 
Upcoming AGM
IWD Events
Star Fundraiser for Helpline
Letter to Attorney General
Female Genital Mutilation Events
Equality Advisory Support Service
VAWG Inquiry Submission
Ongoing CSE Work

 MEMBER UPDATES 
Featured Member
(Daughters of Eve)

 OTHER UPDATES 
Musawah

 NEWS 
Muslim Woman on UK Commemorative Stamp
Phillipine Women Making History

 OPPORTUNITIES

EVENTS
 

 PLEASE DONATE GENEROUSLY 

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