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MWNUK February 2015 Newsletter
Date: 28/2/2015


Dear MWNUK Supporter,

Hope you enjoy reading our latest newsletter. And wishing you a  happy International Women's Day 2015 ! Let's  #MakeItHappen 


Promotional Video

MWNUK's  new promotional video  is out! You can watch the video by clicking here.

MWNUK Awareness
Raising Training

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

 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 

Contact: Shahin Ashraf on 


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
Exploitation Training
and Consultancy

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:

About The Girl Generation:
Together to End FGM

 The Girl Generation (  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 .


Revenge Porn
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. 

Revenge Porn
Helpline Launches

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 .

 In This Newsletter 

New MWNUK Promotional Video
MWNUK Awareness Raising Training
MWNUK in the Media
MWNUK Press Statement on Media Responses to Incidents Involving Muslims
MWNUK Statement on Sex-Selection Abortion Amendment

Maha Ridha, MBE

Summit on FGM- Birmingham
International Women's Day Events

Free Child Sexual Exploitation Training and Consultancy
About The Girl Generation Together to End FGM

Revenge Porn Helpline Launches
Revenge Porn is Now Illegal
New Law to Make FGM Reporting Mandatory

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