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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 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
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
, 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.
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.
Leadership Web Portal
, 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: email@example.com or visit us on www.bmehealth.org
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)
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