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MWNUK December 2014 Newsletter
Date: 31/12/2014


Dear MWNUK Supporter,

Hope you enjoy reading our latest newsletter. As 2014 draws to a close, MWNUK wish you everything of the best for  2015 . May we grow stronger in achieving together greater  women's empowerment .


MWNUK's Shahin Ashraf Receives MBE in Honours List

MWNUK are pround to announce that  National Coordinator Shahin Ashraf receives a  MBE  for her services to  interfaith  and  community cohesion  in the New Year's Honours List 2015 . A lofty recognition befitting of the incredible work Shahin has done over the years. Congratulations! Read more about Shahin below.

MWNUK would also like to  congratulate  these inspiring Muslim women:
  • Miss  Adeeba Malik , Deputy Chief Executive of QED-UKwho receives a CBE for services to interfaith and community cohesion.
  • Ms  Sajda Kauser Mughal  who receives an OBE for services to community cohesion and interfaith dialogue.
And all those others who have been honoured for their extraordinary contribution, impact to public service and dedication to local communities.

MWNUK Influencing Policy on Reporting Police Discrimination

On the 10th December, in partnership with the  Independent Police Complaints Commission(IPCC) , MWNUK facilitated a discussion on Muslim women's  experiences of dealing with the Police . Discussions also included  barriers to complaining , suggestions on what can be done to get more women to complain, and  suggestions  on what women expect if/when they do complain.

MWNUK will submit our findings to the IPCC in January, outlining the experiences shared. This will be reviewed by the IPCC and will help develop new guidance that is meaningful and workable and which will lead to improvements in how both the IPCC and the police handle allegations of discrimination.

MWNUK Write Mental
Health Article

Vice-Chair  Nazmin Akthar-Sheikh  and Treasurer  Dr. Iram Sattar  published an article in ' CBT Today ' on the topic of mental health issues faced by sufferers both within the Muslim community and service providers. The article entitled  "Muslim, mental health and misunderstandings"  appears at page 12. Read more here.

MWNUK Respond
to Consultation

The  Department of Education  ran a consultation on the revised subject content for GCSE and A level  religious studies  for first teaching from 2016. MWNUK  submitted a letter  asking that it is ensured students are not taught patriarchal notions that are at play and are given the ability to critically analyse sources and practices using principles of equality, equity and justice as tools.

MWNUK Produce New
Role Model Resource

As part of MWNUK's ongoing commitment to raising the profile of Muslim women through featuring them as role models, we produced a new  role model resource,  which is being used by a women's project in  Bristol . Read more here.

Fundraising for MWNUK

On the 6 December 2014 Vice-Chair Nazmin Akthar  zip-wired  off  Bournemouth Pier  to fundraise for her favourite charity- MWNUK. You can still donate here. And if you would like to fundraise for MWNUK, do let us know.

MWNUK Upcoming Event-
Women- Media, Sexism
and Online Abuse

This  event  is being held by the Muslim Women's Network UK in partnership with the  Government Equalities Office . The event forms part of the government's Women's Engagement Programme ahead of the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action  a framework of commitments on  women's rights .

This event in the series will focus on the  media, sexism and online abuse .

On the day, the  Muslim Women's Network Helpline  will also be  formally launched .

DATE : Wednesday 14th January 2015 
TIME : 10.45am to 1pm (with lunch provided from 1 to 2pm) 
Registration on the day : from 10.00 am onwards
VENUE : Randle Room, The Midland Arts Centre (MAC), Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, West Midlands, B12 9QH 
Number of places at the event : 60

Please register your place here .


Shahin AshrafMBE

Shahin is an advocate for Muslim women's rights a passionate campaigner and activist for gender justice, seeking to improve the participation of women within BME communities, and has multiple roles.

She is the Muslim Women's Network UK's National Coordinator and is the National Lead and researcher on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), working closely with survivors from  FGM  affected communities, and practitioners in this field. Her role also includes  responding to enquiries  on issues affecting Muslim women, including FGM, forced marriage, sexual violence, mental health etc, delivering training on these subjects, and will help manage the newly launched Muslim Women's Network Helpline in 2015.

As one of the few Muslim women  chaplains  within an academic setting she currently serves a cross section of Muslim societies at the  University of Birmingham  allowing for divergent views. She is heavily involved in the  inter and intra faith  work currently on and off campus.

Shahin has spent 8 years in the US developing  an international Muslim NGO , as one of its first female founding members she has travelled extensively to Pakistan, Kashmir and Afghanistan observing and most recently to Bosnia, documenting and researching the plight of women and girls faced post conflict and in conflict situations, having designed humanitarian assistance programs for survivors of rape.

She serves on  several boards  within the city and is also the chair of a  local food bank  within inner city Birmingham. And recently completed her Gender Governance Training, with the Institute of Development Studies.

In addition, she has spoken at the  Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict  and the recent Girl Summit as a faith leader highlighting the role of faith leaders in conflict and the protection of women and girls, and the impact of sexual violence in conflict.


New Book: Men in Charge?
Rethinking Authority in
Muslim Legal Tradition

Brought together by the  Musawah global movement for equality and justice  in the Muslim family, this new book  challenges gender discrimination and male authority from within Islamic legal tradition, critically engaging two central juristic concepts; rooted in the Qur'an. One refers to a  husband's authority over his wife , his financial responsibility toward her, and his superior status and rights. The other is  male family members'  right and duty of  guardianship  over female members (e.g., fathers over daughters when entering into marriage contracts) and the privileging of fathers over mothers in guardianship rights over their children.

 Books cost 15  and pay be purchased online as well as  directly from MWNUK . Either email or call 0121 236 9000.


Consultation on Mandatory Reporting for FGM

The government  is consulting on whether Mandatory Reporting for Female Genital Mutilation  will help deter its occurrence, and seeks your views on: what and who should be covered by the mandatory reporting requirement; how the requirement will work in practice, and; also the sanctions  that should be employed if professionals fail to report FGM.
The consultation also seeks views on how the multi-agency practice guidelines on FGM should be placed on a statutory footing most effectively.
You will need to read the consultation document first:
 MWNUK  will be submitting a response, and would like to know your thoughts on:
1) The  proposal ; Do you agree with the government's proposal that the mandatory reporting duty should apply to cases of known' abuse?
2)  Sanctions  for failure to report; By what mechanism do you think sanctions should be placed upon individuals who fail to report FGM under the new duty? What level of sanction do you think should be placed upon individuals who fail to report FGM upon the new duty?

3) The  impact ; What do you think the expected impact of mandatory reporting would be on the prevalence of FGM and would this change with the different proposals?

 Please email by Tuesday 6thJanuary 2015 with your thoughts. 


Muslim Woman Awarded Queen's Gold Poetry Award

Pakistan-born British poet Imtiaz Dharker has been awarded the Queen's gold medal for poetry, joining an illustrious roll call that includes WH Auden, Philip Larkin and Ted Hughes. Read more  here .

Anti-Muslim Hate on the Rise

TELL MAMA, a national project measuring anti-Muslim incidents, has told Sky News that over the last 18 months they have seen a 5-10% increase. Read more  here .

Muslim Women's Bodies
Hot Property in Media

Author Shelina Jan-Mohamed writes how the last 12 months has seen Muslim women dominate the news for all the wrong reasons. Read more here. 

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's Shahin Ashraf Receive MBE in Honours List
MWNUK's Influencing Policy on Reporting Police Discrimination
MWNUKWrite Mental Health Article
MWNUK Respond to Consultation
MWNUK Produce New Role Model Resource
Fundraising for MWNUK
MWNUK Upcoming Event- Women; Media, Sexism and Online Abuse

Shahin Ashraf MBE

New Book: Men in Charge? Rethinking Authority in Muslim Legal Tradition

Consultation on Mandatory Reporting for FGM

Muslim Woman Awarded Queen's Gold Poetry Award
Anti-Muslim Hate on the Rise
Muslim Women's Bodies Hot Property in Media

To donate 5 text the following code NISA04 5 to 70070 

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