MWNUK May 2015 Newsletter
Dear MWNUK Supporter,Hope you enjoy reading our latest newsletter.
MWNUK delivered engagement workshopson Forced Marriage and Honour Based Violence o
n the 20th May, in partnership with Apna Haq
in Rotherham and on the 21st May, in partnership with Awaaz Radio Women's Group
in Manchester . The DCLG funded event
s focused on sharing information on what forced marriage is, the consequences of cultural attitudes, and what the new law says. Yesmien Bagh Ali
performed a powerful and dramatic monologue called 'Mitigated Circumstances'
and shared her personal experiences of these issues. We also conducted workshops on how to have these 'difficult conversations' and how to prevent honour based and forced marriage from occurring in our communities.
The next engagement workshops will be:
- 7th June , in Rochdale in partnership with Light of Islam Academy
3.00pm-6.00pm at Castlemere Community Centre, Tweedale Street, Rochdale, 0L11 1HH
- 11th June in Nottingham in partnership with Nottingham Muslim Women's Network
9.30am - 3.00pm New Art Exchange, Gregory Boulevard, Nottingham, NG7 6BE
- 13th June in Bradford in partnership with Sharing Voices Bradford,
10am -2.30 pm at 2 Clifton Villas, Bradford, BD8 7BY
MWNUK have produced an easy to understand information booklet
on Forced Marriage and Honour Based Violence. If you or anyone you know would like copies,
please get in touch with us on email@example.com.
The booklet can also be downloaded here
MWNUK would like to welcome Shaila Pervez
as our new Helpline Support Worker
. Shaila has been a dedicated
volunteer on the MWNUK Helpline
and has many years of experience
working with vulnerable women.
On the 30th May, MWNUK submitted a consultation response
to theDepartment of Health on Strengthening rights and choices for people to live in the community.
We provided comment on issues such as detention in hospital and police cells, managing personal budgets and care in the community and stressed the importance of dedicating the correct funding and resources to truly achieve the aims of social inclusion and a fit for purpose system. Our Response will be available on our website in due course.
- The Department for Education have funded FORWARD to deliver activities in support of key national priorities for children,young people, and families under the theme of Safeguarding Children from Abuse and Neglect. As FORWARD'S partners, MWNUK Shahin Ashraf will be delivering essential awareness raising training and engagement to schools on Female Genital Mutilation in Birmingham.
If you interested in receiving training please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- MWNUK are pleased to announce that the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust will continue to fund our core activities for the next 3 years. Our aims include to continue building a critical mass of voice s through knowledge sharing , increasing connectivity between UK Muslim Women, mainstream organisations and policy influencers, and promoting the diverse needs of UK Muslim Women on key issues.
- On the 23rd May, Chair Shaista Gohir participated on a post show discussion panel about the play called 'Blood'- a 21st century urban love story.Presented by Tamasha and The Belgrade Theatre Coventry. Shaista applauded the play for raising the issues affecting so many communities.
- On the 13th May, Shahin Ashraf, Project Manager participated on a post show panel discussion about the play on FGM called ' RITES'. The play was a co production between the National Theatre of Scotland and Contact Theatre and was supported by the Scottish Refugee Council. RITES is a very sensitive, informed play about female genital mutilation. The script is constructed from accounts given by a diverse group of people engaged in the FGM issue, from survivors to campaigners, health workers and lawyers. A talented cast of just five actors bring us an array of voices from around the UK and such disparate societies as Somalia, Nigeria, Egypt and Kurdistan.
Child Sexual Abuse in the family
On Monday May 15th,
MWNUK with the Office of the Children's Commissioner will be running a focus group on Child Sexual Abuse in the Family Environment
(CSAFE). MWNUK would like to contribute to this inquiry with views from Muslim Women. We therefore need about 15 participants who are willing to share their views on this issue. Details are:
| Date: Monday 15th June 10am to 2pm – lunch will be provided.|
Venue: Muslim Women’s Network UK, The Warehouse, 54-57 Allison Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 5TH
Through the focus group discussion, we would like to find out about your views on:
- The scale, nature and impact of child sexual abuse
- How victims are being recognised and identified
- What needs to be done to improve recognising abuse and helping victims
The Children’s Commissioner is conducting a two year Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse in the Family Environment . Many children abused within the family environment, i.e. by a family member and/or a person connected to their family, are never identified and do not receive the help and support they need.
It is important to learn from the experiences of adult survivors about what may be happening to children today, so that the Inquiry can understand better how to help children and prevent abuse in the future.
So please fill in and share this Anonymous Survivor’s Survey here
MWNUK Member Sawsan Bastawy has been working with the Bite the Ballot,
a party-neutral youth movement
is on a mission to empower
young people to register to vote, and has been working with young people
in Birmingham to encourage
. Following the General Election 2015, Bite The Ballot is producing the show in collaboration with somewhereto_. somewhereto_ to help young people access spaces across the UK. Sawsan has been working on ‘ Beyond The Ballot:
A People’s History of Democracy
’ which is a live exhibition of the words of people who contributed to democracy in UK. To learn more click here
MWNUK would like to congratulate all 13 Muslim MPs that were elected in one of the most unpredictable and extraordinary general elections in Britain. Eight of the Muslim MPs are women .
Tasmina Ahmed Sheikh (SNP, Ochil_and_South_Perthshire)
Rupa Huq (Labour, Ealing Central and Acton)
Tulip Rizwana Siddiq (Labour, Hampstead and Kilburn)
Nusrat Ghani (Conservatives, Wealden)
Naz Shah (Labour, Bradford West)
Imran Hussein (Labour, Bradford East)
Khalid Mahmood [Labour]
Shabana Mahmood [Labour]
Rushanara Ali [Labour]
Yasmin Qureshi [Labour]
Sadiq Khan [Labour]
Rehman Chisti [Conservative]
Sajid Javid [Conservative]
MWNUK in the MEDIA
On the 28th May, MWNUK appeared in a recent BBC Article on 'The Workshops Helping Women to Stand up to Forced Marriage'. To read the full article please click here
- A local council has been accused of racism after asking primary school children to fill in a so-called “counter extremism” questionnaire which critics claim is aimed at Muslims .To read the full article please click here
- On Friday, 1st May 2015 in London, the Iranian & Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (IKWRO) opened the first specialist refuge for Middle Eastern and North African women. The refuge will accommodate and support vulnerable single women at risk of “honour” based violence, forced marriage, female genital mutilation and domestic violence. To learn more about IKWRO and the refuge please click here
- Zohray an inspirational Iranian woman with no arm paints, weaves carpets, plays sports and is an award winning cook. To view the video please click here
- Morocco's Islamic women preachers lead social revolution The ground-breaking work is the subject of a British film, "Casablanca Calling", which will be showcased on Tuesday night at an international conference on child marriage in Morocco's famous port city. To read more please click here
- Islam vs Feminism. Why on earth would any girl abandon the liberties of a modern democracy to join the dark ages of IS? Huda Jawad attempts to offer an answer. To view the full article please click here
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