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MWNUK April 2015 Newsletter
Date: 30/4/2015

APRIL 2015

Dear MWNUK Supporter,

Hope you enjoy reading our latest newsletter.
MWNUK sends it deepest sympathies to the people of Nepal, who are still reeling from the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on 25 April 2015. It severely shook the lives of at least 8 million people and left many homeless. More than 7,000 people have been reported killed and thousands more injured. The exact figure is still uncertain at this stage but is continuing to rise.

DEC member agencies and their partners are working urgently to provide emergency shelter, food, clean water and blankets.  Once immediate, life-saving needs are met they will work with individuals, families and communities to support them to rebuild their lives.  You can help by making a donation now. Please clickhere.


MWNUK Helpline 

Since the MWN Helpline launch in January 2015, MWNUK have received an increasing number of phone calls on issues ranging  from Child Abuse, Islamaphobia/ Discrimination, Mental Health to Forced Marriage and general requests for information.
If you would like to help us to promote the helpline within your local area, please contact us at
The helpline operating hours are:
10am-1pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
The helpline numbers are:
 0800 999 5786 or 0303 999 5786 .

MWNUK Ethics Day

On 10 April , MWNUK Board and Staff reviewed our organisational values . The day was facilitated byChristine Bell from the Centre for Facilitation  . Once finalised, MWNUK will make public our new values.

 MWNUK Statement
- George Galloway

On 19 April , MWNUK issued a statement in response to the insinuations made about Forced Marriage and Domestic Violence Victims by George Galloway and his officials. To read the full statement please clickhere.

MWNUK Partners at
Annual Mediation Congress

MWNUK were partners of theMBBI 7th Annual International Mediation Congressheld 23-26 April in ‪Bucharest, ‎Romania.‬ Vice-chair Nazmin Akthar Sheikh presented a workshop on the experiences of British Muslim women in accessing divorce through Shariah Councils.

 'Our Sacred Space' 

On Monday 27 April, MWNUK launched 'Our Sacred Space' - a dedicated relaxed, friendly and non-judgemental monthly space to discuss different aspects of faith and what it means to be a woman today. This month's topic was on 'Faith and spirituality' and a reflection of our own journeys. Recitation of the opening chapter of the Quran was recited, we had lively discussions about how we define spirituality and religion, and a poem by Iqbal from Asrar-e-khudi was shared.

For more information contact

MWNUK in the Media

  • On the 20th April ,  Faeeza Vaid was on Brit Asia TV's Sunny and Shay Show talking about Domestic Violence in Asian communities and the negative impacts on victims which can include mental health and self harming.
  • On the 25th April , Vice- Chair Nazmin Akthar Sheikh was on Channel S discussing matters related to women and elections and the importance of involving yourself in the process to effect change and using your right to vote.

 Don't Forget to Vote 

MWNUK urge you to VOTE on the 7 May 2015 General Election. Research by the House of Commons Library found that 9.1 million women did not vote in 2010 compared to 8 million men, and that the úturnout gapĚ between the genders  is growing. We believe that this election will be a watershed for women in this country.


Forced Marriage/Honour
Based Violence Workshops

The rising number of calls on the MWN Helpline about Forced Marriage and Honour Based Violence indicates that families are willing to break the law, despite forced marriage being criminalised . Raising awareness of Forced Marriage and Honour Based Violence is therefore essential to preventing it.
In partnership with community organisations, MWNUK will be holding awareness raising workshops in 5 cities . Event presentations will include; key facts and information including legal consequences, victim stories , and a monologue performance . We will also provide ideas about how you can campaign and raise awareness about preventing Honour Based Violence and Forced Marriage from occurring in our communities.

Confirmed events are as follows:
  • In partnership with Apna Haq in Rotherham - Wednesday, May 20th 2015. To find out further information please clickhere
  • In partnership with Awaaz Radio Women's Group in Manchester - Thursday, May 21st 2015. To find out further information please clickhere
  • In partnership with Nottingham Muslim Women's Network in Nottingham - Thursday June 11th 2015. To find out further information please clickhere
  • We are waiting for dates to be confirmed for Bradford and Birmingham.


Twelve men went on trial yesterday accused of multiple sex offences against a 13-year-old Muslim girl.

The defendants, who are all from Leeds and are aged between 20 and 41, are accused of crimes including rape and sexual activity with a child. To read the article please clickhere
The Bradford co-author of a report looking at the experiences of Muslim women in prison hopes it can be used as a benchmark for further research. Muslim Women in Prison - Second Chance, Fresh Horizons, is a pilot project looking at the issues and challenges facing Muslim women during their time in prison and after their release. To read more about the article please clickhere
For the first time, domestic violence is all over the political agenda and has appeared in four parties' manifestos. Women's Aid chief Polly Neate looks at which party could help victims the most. To read the article, please clickhere

On Friday, 6 March 2015 at 10.40pm an 18-year-old teenager wearing a hijab was subjected to a violent and brutal rape near a bus stop at Beeston Road in Leeds.
The BBC Crime watch reconstruction can be seen by clickinghere
It can start innocently enough; does your partner ask to see a receipt for the supermarket shop, or explains that he or she opened your bank statement by mistake. But such habits can build into controlling behaviours, which leave you in fear every time you open your wallet. To read the full article clickhere

A fascinating YouTube video that challenges patriarchy through rap. To watch the video please clickhere

 In This Newsletter 

MWNUK Helpline
MWNUK Ethics Day
MWNUK Statement-George Galloway
MWNUK Partners at Annual Mediation Congress
'Our Sacred Space'



Forced Marriage Events and Workshops in 5 Cities

12 Men on trial in Leeds for grooming a 13 year old Muslim Girl
Muslim Women in Prison Research
The Importance of Voting, were do parties stand on Domestic Abuse?
Crime Watch reconstruction of Hijabed teenager raped and left for dead
How to stop if you are being subjected to Financial Abuse
Palestinian rap group challenge Patriarchy

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