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MWNUK January 2015 Newletter
Date: 31/1/2015


Dear MWNUK Supporter,

What a wonderful start to 2015! Hope you enjoy reading our latest newsletter.


MWN Helpline is Now Live!

  0800 999 5786
0303 999 5786

MWNUK are pleased to announce that on the 14th January 2015, the MWN Helpline was officially launched in Birmingham at the Women ď Media, Sexism and Online Abuse' event organised in partnership with the Government Equalities Office (see below). The new national helpline aimed at Muslim women and girls who are suffering from or at risk of abuse or facing problems, will operate on:

  Mondays  ,  Wednesdays  and  Fridays  between  10am-1pm  . And on  Saturdays  between  7-9pm  .

You can call and speak to our advisors and even webchat live with us during these times. You may also email us on or call our mobile phone on 07415 206 936

The helpline launch has been featured on a number of media outlets:
  • The Guardianon the 15 January
  • The Telegraphon the 19 January
  • The Asianson the 23 January
  • BBC WM Radio on the 25 January
  • Radio 5 Live on the 26 January
  • BBC Asian Network Radio on the 29 January
You can read more about the MWN Helpline on its bespokewebsite. Also, watch our promotionalvideo.

MWNUK Host Event:
Women- Media, Sexism
and Online Abuse

On the 14th January 2015, in partnership with the  Government Equalities Office  The event formed part of the government's Women's Engagement Programme  and was one of a series of regional consultation events with women across the UK. The eventfocused on the media, sexism and online abuse of women. Presentations covered the following issues:
  • Portrayal of women and sexism in the media
  • Portrayal of Muslim women and stereotyping in the media
  • Online abuse targeted at women
  • Police protection available for women facing online abuse
Photographs from the event may be viewed  here  . And a short video is available  here  .

MWNUK Respond
to Consultation

On the 12th January, MWNUK submitted a  response  to the Home Office Consultation on introducing  Mandatory Reporting of Female Genital Mutilation  Whilst we appreciated in principle the need for mandatory reporting we felt there were serious issues with the proposal, which appeared to be focusing only on facilitating prosecution and did not account for individual needs. We have in turn put forward suggestions of an alternative model where next steps are decided on a case by case basis after review and consideration of best interests of potential victims and survivors kept at the heart of decisions. Our Response will be available online in due course.

Awareness Raising
Training in Schools

As part of MWNUK's ongoing commitment to  raising awareness  of issues affecting Muslim women in schools, these training sessions took place:
  • On the 13 January, Project Managers Shahin Ashraf and Nadia Ilyas delivered workshops on  Female Genital Mutilation  and  Forced Marriage  with years 7/8 and year 11's at an Independent Girl's School in Birmingham.
  • On the 16 January, Shahin Ashraf conducted an  advocacy workshop  to help capacity build Year 11 FGM Champions at St. Albans Academy in Birmingham. The group's 1st task was to launch a school wide competition to design a logo for the upcoming Summit on FGM' event.

MWNUK Respond to
French Killings

Following thekillings at the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on 7th January 2015, MWNUK:
  • Issueda  press statement  which strongly condemned unreservedly the ruthless killings. As Muslims in Europe we echo the sentiment of Muslims across the world that the killers are not representative of the Muslim faith. You can read the statement  here  .
  • General Secretary Mussurut Zia participated on  BBC 3 Counties radio  on the 12 January, commenting on the discussions on whether British Muslims should be doing more to challenge extremism in the wake of the Paris shootings.
  • In her role as  University Chaplain  , Shahin Ashraf supported students from the University of Birmingham afteroffensive graffiti attackon a university building in Birmingham and a nearby mosque. In response the university's Islamic Society, Jewish Society and Black and Ethnic Minorities' Association (BEMA) joined forces to protest against the racist attacks, attended by more than 150 people.

MWNUK in Bristol

On 21st January, Executive Director Faeeza Vaid spoke at the  'Muslim Engagement in Bristol'  event, to highlight the importance of positive role model resources, particularly to counter prevailing representations of Muslim women in the media and to showcase the varied ways in which Muslim women actually participate in public life. The collaborative project is now considering producing a  'Bristol Big Sisters'  role model exhibition display, and will be working with MWNUK to develop this. You can read more  here.  


Emteaz Hussain- Play Writer

(Left: Emteaz Hussain at MWNUK's AGM 2015.
Right: Blood- photo of characters Sully and Caneze)

British Asian companyTamashahave announced the "centrepiece" production of their 25th anniversary year  - Emteaz Hussain's Blood  , directed by Esther Richardson.

About the play:

"A 21st century love story. Caneze meets Sully in the college canteen. The heat rises over triple chilli sauce in Nando's. She makes her move in the sweet smoke of a shisha bar. A touchpaper is lit¶ but neither of them bargained on the lengths to which her brother would go to keep them apart."

A co-production with the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, it will open there in  March  before visiting theatres around the UK including  Soho Theatre, Birmingham REP and Tron Theatre in Glasgow  . See here fortour datesand more about the play.


Summit on FGM- Birmingham

MWNUK will be hosting a  collaborative event  ; the 'Summit on FGM- Birmingham'. The event aims to raise awareness of FGM, its practice, experiences of FGM survivors, and support available. It also aims to galvanise support to inspire local and national efforts to end FGM, by establishing Birmingham as a leading hub for model best practice. The event is partnered by  St. Albans Academy, FORWARD, West Midlands Police,   Birmingham's CCG and others.  

Date:  Saturday 14 March 2015  
Time:  9am-3.30pm  
Venue:  St Albans Academy, Conybere Street, Birmingham, B12 0YH  

Places are limited, so please  registerhere  .

Contact: Shahin Ashraf on  



Have you ever struggled to  explain  what the'Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women' (  CEDAW  ),the principle of substantive equality, or theprinciple of state obligationis? Watch these informative and easy to understand videos on CEDAW and related terms.


BBC Journalism
Trainee Scheme

  Vocational journalists  have an opportunity to immerse themselves in  BBC journalism  for a year of high quality training and work experience. Successful applicants need to be able to demonstrate creativity, resilience in a high-pressure environment and a thorough understanding of the role of the BBC's journalism.

What's on offer?

  • A 11-month fixed term contract paying £20k per annum (outside London) or £24k (including London weighting). We also cover some travel and accommodation expenses.
  • Multi-platform work experience in BBC News
  • First-class training led by BBC Academy
  • Mentoring throughout the scheme from a senior BBC journalist
  • The chance to arrange a four week work placement in an area of news of your choice during the year
Read more  here  about the programme.


Shaista Gohir: I wish the words shame and honour could be deleted'

As the Chair of the Muslim Women's Network, Shaista Gohir is determined to give a voice to those who need it to fight against abuse, persecution and inequality Read more  here  .

Emotional abuse to become
illegal under new domestic abuse law

A new offence of emotional abuse and controlling behaviour has been announced by the government. The law change is set to come into force in late 2015. Read more  here.  

Women Only Mosque
Opens in America

The first  women-only mosque  in the  United States  opened its doors exclusively for women and children (including boys 12 and under) on Friday, January 30, at the Pico Union Project in Downtown Los Angeles. Read more  here  .

  In This Newsletter  

MWNHelpline is Now Live
MWNUKHost Event: Women- Media, Sexism and Online Abuse
MWNUK Respond to Consultation
Awareness Raising Training in Schools
MWNUK Respond to French Killings
MWNUK in Bristol

Emteaz Hussain- Writer

Videos on CEDAW

Summit on FGM- Birmingham

BBC Journalism Trainee Scheme

Shaista Gohir: 'I wish the words shame and honour could be deleted'
Emotional abuse to become illegal under new domestic abuse law
Women Only Mosque Opens in America

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