MWNUK March 2015 Newsletter
Dear MWNUK Supporter,Hope you enjoy reading our latest newsletter.
MWNUK would like to acknowledge and thank all the participants and partner organisations for their hard work, commitment and support at the Summit on FGM in Birmingham with St Alban's Academy, FORWARD, Bloomsbury Nursery, CCG's and West Midlands Police. The event was a great success with many tangible outcomes. The Summit brought together young people,community members, traditional and faith leaders, youth champions, practitioners, front-line staff, safeguarding, schools, police, nurses and doctors who pledged commit to 'ending FGM within a generation'
Shaista Gohir,Chair of MWNUK attended the summit on child sexual exploitation hosted by the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street on 3rd March. Cabinet Ministers from different government departments e.g. Ministry of Justice, Home Office, Local Government & Communities and Education facilitated discussion on what else could be done to tackle this abhorrent crime. A key theme that emerged was everyone whether those in positions of leadership or frontline professionals needed to be more professionally curious and ask questions and not just wait for the victim to disclose abuse. MWNUK was the only BME third sector organisation at the summit.
Musawah (www.musawah.org) the global movement for equality and justice in the Muslim family, held a seminar in at SOAS in London on 7th March 2015. Panellist discussed some of the main insights from Musawah's new bookMen in Charge? Rethinking Authority in Muslim Legal Tradition. You can purchase this book from us at MWNUK for £15.00 plus postage and packaging. MWNUK General Secretary, Mussurut Zia also presented at the seminar on our research highlighting the experiences of Muslim women in the UK.
Discrimination due to racism and Islamophobia experienced by Muslims and especially Muslim women continues to be under documented and under reported. Increasing numbers of Muslim women are contacting our new helpline Muslim Women's Network Helpline (www.mwnhelpline.co.uk) and some requests for advice are on discrimination. We have also set up an incident reporting form on the helpline website, which can be accessedhere:It is important that all incidents of discrimination and Islamophobia are logged even if you do not want further action or action is not possible because the offenders are unknown. This helps to build a national picture of the extent and types of discrimination experienced by Muslim men, women and children. We can also help to make a referral or provide advise for further action.
CSE Awareness Raising Events
MWNUK held the following awareness raising event on sexual exploitation of Asian girls in March:
- Blackburn (partnership with Practical solution) on 2nd March 20015
- East London (in partnership with East London Mosque) on 10th March 2015
- Newcastle (in partnership with Women Interfaith Network North East) on 16th March 2015
We are grateful to Anand Media
House for making a film of the CSE presentation and also making a short film of an interview with Shaista Gohir.
To watch the presentation please click here to watch the presentation.Presentation
To watch the interview please click her to see the interview.Interview
- On 13thMarch Faeeza Vaid delivered 4 CSE awareness training sessions to year 7 students at St Albans Academy
DCLG Integration Roadshow
- On 13thMarch Shahin Ashraf delivered 4 FGM awareness training sessions to year 7 students at St Alban's Academy.
- On the 12thMarch Faeeza Vaid commented on BBC News in response to the research report published by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) on Religious or Belief Discrimination in the workplace. Please clickhereto see the interview.
- MWNUK submitted a consultation response to the EHRC last October. Please clickhereto read our response.
- On 18thMarch Faeeza Vaid commented on BBC Midlands Today in response to 500 children across the West Midlands revealed as victims of, or vulnerable to, sexual exploitation in the first half of last year.
Other media interviews include: -BBC Radio - Humberside, Berkshire, Derby, Leicester, Lancashire, Sussex and Surrey
On the 8th March 2015, General Secretary Mussurut Zia highlighted the manyissues Muslim women in the UK face, including access to mosques in theirlocal communities.
Razia Hadait is the current centre manager for Small Heath Community Forum.Razia is the SHCF's manager and aim's to help resolve issues and concerns of the local community and the wider public by offering free and impartial advice and advocacy services. As Centre Manager she takes the lead on Projects at and works on an operational level to enhance the infrastructure and systems. One of her aims is to promote SHCF activities to ensure the local community can fully benefit. SHCF also has several hundred direct Service Users', who employ full/time and part/time staff that deliver a number of projects that have been developed to improve the quality of life that is available to disadvantaged local people. Small Heath is one of the most ethnically diverse neighbourhoods in the country.
This conference will address real issues and solutions which some Muslim Women face. Issues such as domestic violence, mental health, depression, child sexual abuse and issues of honour and shame will be discussed, within the context of the Identity as a Muslim woman, followed by techniques and resources for ways of Transformation and Change.
Date:Friday April 10th, 2015
Venue: Markfield Conference Centre Ratby Lane Markfield, Leicestershire LE67 9SY
For Booking and registration please clickhere
27-year-old Farkhunda was beaten to death by a mob of men who falsely accused her of burning the Quran because she dared to challenge them. When she was buried in Kabul, women's rights activists refused to let men touch her coffin and carried it themselves. To read the article please clickhere
. Egyptian Mother Dressed as a Man for 43 Years
An Egyptian woman who disguised herself as a man for 43 years in order to make a living for her daughter after the death of her husband. She was honored by the Egyptian government as the úideal mother.Ě What an amazing role model she is! To read the article please clickhere