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MWNUK October 2014 Newsletter
Date: 31/10/2014
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MWNUK Launches CSE Video

MWNUK are pleased to announce that on the 20 October 2014, MWNUK launched ' Jasmin's Story ' and an easy to read information booklet to raise awareness of  Child Sexual Exploitation .The story is of an Asian girl who was a victim of child sexual exploitation and is based on real life experiences taken from MWNUK's research,Unheard Voices: Sexual Exploitation of Asian Girls and Young Women. All characters are played by actors.Another version is also available that has been edited to make it suitable for school pupils.

MWNUK in the Media

  • On the 5th October Executive Director  Faeeza Vaid  made the front cover of  The Sunday Times Magazine . Her personal story was part of a feature challenging the stereotypes of what it means to be a young British Muslim.
  • On the 8 October, MWNUK General Secretary Mussurut Zia  spoke about ISIS on  3 Counties Radio. The question asked was whether Muslims should come forward and distance themselves publicly from ISIS. Our response was that whilst we can see why the media feels this is good, Muslims should not feel compelled to do so and people should be able to understand that the actions of the few do not represent the many. We believe more needs to be done to create safe spaces and enduring relationships within Muslim communities. There is also a need to look externally so that young Muslims are not attracted by such extremist and misguided organisations in their search for answers and identity.
  • On the 28 October MWNUK Chair  Shaista Gohir  did an interview with  BBC Asian Network , and on  Radio 4 's File on 4- 'The Last Taboo'. Listen here . MWNUK are pleased that the Sexual Exploitation of  Asian girls  is being acknowledged more by the media. When we first started raising this issue 2 years ago this was not the case.

MWNUK Inquiry

  • MWNUK responded to the  Home Office  consultation on  'Strengthening the Law on Domestic Abuse'.  We stressed that the law in itself is only sufficient when front line professionals are able to properly utilise the laws and legal measures available and for this there needs to be an unequivocal commitment to training and development. We also welcomed the idea of introducing a specific domestic abuse law but urged that this should be done with proper consultation and consideration so as to ensure the laws are fit for purpose. MWNUK's response to this consultation can be downloaded  here .
  • MWNUK responded to the  Equality and Human Rights Commission 's Call for Evidence on how the  religion or belief  of individuals and organisations may have affected their experiences in the workplace or when accessing services. MWNUK also commented on the effectiveness of the current legislation- the Equality Act 2010. The response may be downloadedhere.

MWNUK CSE Awareness
Raising Events

Since launching the report  Unheard Voices : Sexual Exploitation of Asian Girls and Young Women, MWNUK has been raising awareness of key findings. The report has now been downloaded more than 3000 times. We have now produced two resources based on the report a) a  video  highlighting a victim case study b)  information pamphlet .  These were launched and then promoted at various events this month:
  • On 20 October, Birmingham  City Council hosted a CSE awareness raising event partnered by MWNUK, West Midlands Police and all 7 local authorities in West Midlands. Over 130 people attended from the Police, CPS, health, social services, safe guarding, youth services, schools and also voluntary sector and community / faith groups.
  • On 30th October, MWNUK Chair, Shaista Gohir, spoke at an event organised by the Professional Muslims Institute in  Bradford  on the 30th October 2014.  Other speakers include Nazir Afzal (CPS), Qari Asim and Ansar Ali.
  • On 31st October, MWNUK held a Women Only dicussion (in partnership with QED-UK and Just West Yorkshire.


Nottingham Muslim
Women's Network


 Nottingham Muslim Women's Network  are holding FREE  legal surgeries  for Women only, on the  first Tuesday of every month  commencing Tuesday 4th November 2014.

Primarily this service is for Muslim women but we welcome all women.

 Time:  9.15am-11.15pm Appointment only    11.15 -12.45pm Drop in
 Venue:  Mary Potters Centre, Children's Centre. Gregory Boulevard, Nottingham NG7 5HY

To book an appointment please contact  Nottingham Muslim Women's Network 07826 464722 on or email


Malala Shares
Nobel Peace Prize

Malala Yousafzai was awarded the 2014  Nobel Peace Prize  along with Kailash Satyarthi for their struggles against the suppression of children and young people and their  right to education . She becomes the  youngest person  to have won the prize and  one of few women  to have done so. It is courageous that she has announced that all her prize money will be donated to rebuilding a school in Gaza.

African FGM Activist Loses
Battle with Cancer

 Efua Dorkenoo , widely seen as the mother of the global movement to end female genital mutilation, has died after undergoing treatment for cancer. MWNUK offer our condolences to her family, friends and global associates. May her passionate determination continue to inspire generations of activists. Read more here .

467 FGM Cases
in 1 Month

Following the first national collection of  NHS data  about numbers of FGM cases, figures showed 467 newly identified cases of girls and women needing treatment after FGM in England last month. Read more here. 

Sweden Recognises
State of Palestine

The Swedish government officially recognised a  state of Palestine , as the new prime minister,  Stefan Lofven , ignored Israeli protests and followed through on a pledge he made at his inauguration this month. Read morehere.


New Feminist
Leadership Web Portal

 Shirkat Gah , the Institute for Women's Empowerment in Pakistan, and  Women Living Under Muslim Laws  have announced the launch of a new feminist leadership web portal . The portal will act as a virtual pathway to feminist activists, organisations, and dreamers of a gender-just and egalitarian world. The portal is a space to share useful resources, as well as a forum for sharing experiences and holding discussions about how to nurture feminist leadership that is transformative and sustainable.  See morehere.


  •  Tackling Domestic Violence & Abuse In Faith Communities 

     Date: 20th November 2014

     Venue: The Welcome Centre, 47 Parkside, Coventry, CV1 2HG

     Time: 9.30am to 4.30pm (Registration is at 9.00am)


    This educational conference is ideal for multi-faith leaders, members of multi-faith communities, statutory service workers, academics, survivors of DVA, politicians, and professionals who work with victims and perpetrators of DVA. We strongly encourage you to plan to attend the full conference for maximum benefit. The conference is open to national delegates.

    The event costs 30.00 per delegate. This fee covers conference fees, educational literature, lunch and refreshments.

    Register here .
  •  Culture & Substance Misuse Conference 
    Date: 17th November 2014
    Venue: Osmani Centre, 58 Underwood Road, London E1 5AW
    This one day conference will focus on these issues and on a number of other key questions associated with culture & substance misuse including:
    * Are some individuals and ethnic groups more or less susceptible to addiction that others?
    * The global and UK picture: What are the prevalence rates for drug and alcohol misuse?
    * What do we know about the impact of migration on drug and alcohol misuse?
    * How can we improve access to Drug & Alcohol services by Black and minority ethnic communities?
    * How can we reduce the stigma?
    * What do we know about the needs and experiences of Black & minority ethnic communities who do access services?
    * To what extent have these issues been considered in national policy documents and initiatives?
    To  register : Ahmed Qureshi (conference co-ordinator) tel. 07540 356 526 email us on: or visit us on

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 

MWNUKLaunches CSE Video
MWNUK in the Media
MWNUKInquiry Submissions
MWNUK CSE Awareness RaisingEvents

Nottingham Muslim Women's Network


Malala Shares Nobel Peace Prize
African FGM Activist Loses Battle with Cancer
467 FGM Cases in 1 Month
Sweden Recognises State of Palestine

New Feminist Leadership Web Portal

Tackling Domestic Violence & Abuse In Faith Communities
Culture & Substance Misuse Conference

To donate 5 text the following code NISA04 5 to 70070 

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