Dear Network Member,
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 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
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.
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!
On the 20th
March 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 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
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.
On the 26th
March 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.
- 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.
(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
|Musawahis a global Muslim women's movement.|
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.
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 .
Themes Priority theme:
Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girlsThe 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)
Women's access to productive resources
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.
ResearchMWNUK have received a number of opportunities to participate in interesting research. These may all be found on the Notices ' section of our website.
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
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org Or call on 0161 7131892 for any further queries.
Grooming & Sexual Exploitation EventThis 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
|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