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MWNUK August 2014 Newsletter
Date: 31/8/2014


Dear Network Member,

Hope you enjoy reading our latest newsletter:


Good News!
MWNUK Set to
Launch Helpline

MWNUK are thrilled to announce we have successfully received funding from  Awards for All  (one year) and the  Henry Smith Charity  (three years) to launch a dedicated  national Muslim Women\'s Helpline  . The helpline will be launched by the end of  2014  and will operate  part time  initially.

Female Genital Mutilation
Inquiry Submission

The Prime Minister launched a  consultation  seeking views on whether the introduction of a specific  civil law measure  could help protect potential victims of  Female Genital Mutilation  (FGM).

FGM has been a specific criminal offence since 1985 but there have so far been no convictions.  The consultation examined whether a specific civil law measure, similar to the Forced Marriage Protection Orders (FMPO) model, could prevent FGM and help protect women and girls at risk.

  MWNUK responded  to this consultation.  We do not believe a specific civil law measure for FGM would in itself undermine the efforts that are being made to secure prosecutions. Rather, with adequate procedures and usage it is likely to assist in securing criminal prosecutions particularly if procedures are pursued such as issuing Notices which can be used as evidence, or allowing breach of an order to be considered a criminal offence. We therefore agree in principle that a specific civil law measure for FGM would be a positive step.

The full response can be downloaded  here  .


1)  Gaza Solidarity Letter  : Following our \'  Call to Action  \', on the 8 August MWNUK issued a statement on the situation in Gaza. We called for an immediate lifting of the blockade and a permanent ceasefire. Read  here  .

2)  IS is not Islamic- UK Women Condemn IS  : On the 22 August MWNUK strongly condemned the inhumane killing of American journalist James Foley. We explicitly reiterate the sentiment of many Muslims around the world, that ISIS is NOT Islamic and their actions are certainly not representative of adherents to the faith. Readhere.

3)  Rotherham Report Response  : On the 29 August MWNUK responded to the report detailing the 16 years ofchild sexual exploitation  that took place inRotherham  involving more than 1400 children is very disturbing.  We expressed how the ordeal of the young white girls closely mirrors the experiences of Asian girls who are sexually abused by groups of Asian men.  Readhere.

MWNUK in the Media

  • On August 21 MWNUK General Secretary  Mussurut Zia  appeared on a number of media outlets to discuss  IS  and the killing of reporter  James Foley  . This included an appearance on BBC Breakfast and BBC Radio London, and BBC Radio Lancashire at Drive Time.
  • On August 26 and 27  Mussurut Zia  commented on BBC Radio 4, BBC North West and Russia Today on the  Rotherham repor  t into child sexual abuse. She also discussed issues relating to Syria on BBC Radio Lancashire and Manchester.
  • On August 28  Mussurut Zia  appeared on BBC Breakfast and BBC Radio Wales to discuss the Rotherham report and the failures to protect vulnerable children.
  • On August 30 Executive Director  Faeeza Vaid  spoke on BBC Scotland discussing the Rotherham report, as well as the particular vulnerabilities of Asian victims that are exploited, as found through our research inUnheard Voices.


Fozia Parveen-

MWNUK Member and  online magazine  editor Fozia Parveen released another eye-opening edition focusing on \'  Combating Child Sexual Exploitation  \'. The free monthly magazine is aimed at the Muslim Youth of Britain but is an interesting for all ages.


EHRC Consultation on
Legislation Protecting Religion

The  Equality and Human Rights Commission  has launched a major  call for evidence  from individuals and organisations about how their  religion or belief  , or that of other people, may have affected their experiences in the workplace and in using the services and facilities they need in everyday life. People can give their feedback  here  .

The call for evidence will remain open for responses for two months, until  mid-October  .


New FGM Clinic
In London

Britain\'s first specialist clinic for child victims of female genital mutilation (FGM) is set to open in London in September 2014. Read more  here  .

Madiha Bhatti Video
Goes Viral

Muslim spoken word poet  Madiha Bhatti  did not like the objectifying lyrics she heard in contemporary music and responded with her own lyrics. See hervideo.

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 donatehere.You can donate via text. To  donate 5  text the following code  NISA04 5  to  70070  

  In This Newsletter  

MWNUK Set to Launch Helpline
FGM Inquiry Submission
MWNUK Press Statements
MWNUK in the Media

Fozia Parveen- Fifteen21

EHRC Consultation on
Legislation Protecting Religion

New FGM Clinic in London
Madiha Bhatti Video Goes Viral


To donate 5  text  the following code  NISA04 5  to  70070  

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