Dear MWNUK Supporter,Hope you enjoy reading our latest newsletter. And wishing you a happy International Women's Day 2015 ! Let's #MakeItHappen
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As part of MWNUK's ongoing commitment to raising awareness of issues affecting Muslim women, these training sessions took place:
- On the 13th February, Project Manager Shahin Ashraf delivered workshops on Female Genital Mutilation to teachers at St Albans Academy, Birmingham. Here are a few testimonials from the day:
"The FGM workshop was well structured, very informative and extremely useful."
"The speaker had great understanding of FGM and how widespread the issues are, and the long term effects..."
"The content was extremely useful with the statistics that were presented."
- On the 25th February, Project Managers Shahin Ashraf and Nadia Ilyas delivered 4 sessions each on FGM and CSE to year 8 and 9 students at St. Albans Academy.
- On the 12th February, Shahin Ashraf delivered a workshop in Leeds on Tackling Domestic Violence in Faith communities.
MWNUK in the Media
Throughout February 2015, MWNUK General Secretary Mussurut Zia was interviewed and asked to comment about the three female students from Bethnal Green Academy in London where the girls were feared to be on their way to Syria t o join Islamic State (Isis) militants.
The media interviews include: -
¢ 20th February 2015 LBC Radio
¢ 21st February 2015 BBC Breakfast
¢ 22nd February 2015 Sky News
¢ 24th February 2015 BBC Radio 4
¢ 24th February 2015 BBC Radio London
¢ 24th February 2015 BBC London 94.9
MWNUK Press Statement on Media Responses to Incidents Involving Muslims
MWNUK is particularly concerned at the hypocritical media coverage
of incidents involving Muslims. For example, in the 'Chapel Hill attack'
, the media were hesitant to even consider whether the attack was in fact motivated by Islamophobia
or a hate crime
. However, the first headlines arising about the 'Copenhagen attack' termed the killings 'terror attacks'. Read our press statement here
MWNUK Statement on
Sex Selection Abortion
On the 23rd of February, MWNUK released a statement after being approached to express our support for an amendment to the Serious Crime Bill
which would clarify the crime of sex-selective abortion
. We firmly believe that all women should fully exercise control over every aspect of their life, including their reproductive rights. A woman should not be forced to give birth, nor should a woman be forced to abort if either is against her wish. Indeed, we believe women have a right to their own autonomy
both Islamically as well as from a human rights perspective. Read more here
Maha Ridha, MBE
Maha Ridha is the current Head of Office for Empowering Muslim Women at the Al Khoei Foundation .
Born in Iraq and a mother of 4, she arrived in the UK in 1983.
Maha is the Al Khoei Foundation Representative to the UN Women
and the Commission on the Status of Women ( CSW
) which is a functional commission on the United Nations Economical and Social Council. She represents the Al Khoei Foundation in March every year at the United Nations Headquarters in New York and organises parallel events , a presentation, and submits oral & written statements regarding the welfare and Empowerment of Muslim Women, Maha works with other NGOs to influence the UN work regarding faiths and faiths contribution to society.
Maha also submits a Quadrennial Report to the UN on behalf of the Al Khoei Foundation.She will be attending this year to highlight The Combined Role of Millennium Development Goals and Faith in Protecting Women in Armed Conflict Zone'
Maha was awarded an MBE
in the 2011 Queen's Honour List for services to Muslim Women.
Summit on FGM- Birmingham
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
Venue: St Albans Academy, Conybere Street, Birmingham, B12 0YH
Contact: Shahin Ashraf on firstname.lastname@example.org
On the 8th March International Women's Day
happens all around the world representing an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women globally, whilst recognising the challenges faced by many and calling for greater equality. The theme for 2015 is "Make It Happen"
“ calling for further action for advancing and recognising women, from ending the violence that affects one in three women worldwide, to increasing the global number of female parliamentarians from 22%.
There are many events
happening around the country, so get involved!
MWNUK will be contributing to the Public Seminar event hosted by Musawah (global movement for equality and justice in the Muslim family)
on Saturday 7th March
in London. The event is being supported by the Centre of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law at SOAS, University of London, and the Study of Religions Unit at the Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki. The full-day seminar will discuss key insights from Musawah's latest publication, 'Men in Charge? Rethinking Authority in Muslim Legal Tradition' (Oneworld, 2015).
Free Child Sexual
The recent independent inquiries into child sexual exploitation
(CSE) in Rotherham and Manchester have exposed the prevalence and impact of CSE on the lives of young people.
A key recommendation from both inquiries has included the need to increase professionals' awareness of child sexual exploitation.
Women and Girls Network has developed a free short course
aimed at all practitioners who are working directly with or are responsible for the safeguarding of children and young people.
Our course has been designed to focus specifically on working with girls and young women.
For further information please follow the link:http://www.wgn.org.uk/training/cse-training
About The Girl Generation:
Together to End FGM
The Girl Generation ( www.thegirlgeneration.org
) a global campaign
that supports the Africa-led movement to end Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
The campaign seeks to accelerate the worldwide movement to end FGM by galvanising action, by supporting campaigns across Africa, and by pushing for more resources to end FGM. The Girl Generation provides a positive identity under which the global movement can rally, and a common platform for the idea that together, we can end FGM
What it involves
- Building and strengthening bridges between organisations working on ending FGM on the African continent (initially Kenya, The Gambia and Nigeria) and in the UK.
- Providing opportunities for diaspora members with relevant skills, expertise and passion to channel their motivation and abilities into building the capacity of civil society in focal countries with the aim of supporting national and sub-national communications and social change campaigns and of accelerating progress towards ending FGM.
For more information click here
is Now Illegal
Revenge porn is now a specific criminal offence , the Ministry of Justice has said the law is due to come into force from the spring. The law specifies that people caught sharing intimate photos or videos of a former partner without their permission could face up to two years in jail. For more information click here.
A revenge porn helpline's
been launched to give victims legal advice and information on how to get images taken down. The helpline is run by the charity South West Grid for Learning
on 0845 6000 459
. Read more here
New Law to Make
FGM Reporting Mandatory
Professionals who fail to report cases of F emale Genital Mutilation (FGM) in children could be fired under a new law for England and Wales. Read more here .