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MWNUK May 2015 Newsletter
Date: 31/5/2015

MAY 2015

Dear MWNUK Supporter,

Hope you enjoy reading our latest newsletter.


MWNUK Host Forced
Marriage Engagement Workshops

MWNUK delivered engagement workshopson Forced Marriage and Honour Based Violence on 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 events 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 Booklet on
Forced Marriage

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  The booklet can also be downloaded   here  

MWNUK Welcomes New
Helpline Staff Worker

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.

MWNUK Responds to
Department of Health Consultation

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.

MWNUK Funding News

  • 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
  • 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.  

Arts and Theatre

  • 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.

MWNUK Upcoming
Focus Group

  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

  To register   contact:

Child Sexual Abuse
Survivor Survey

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   democratic   participation  . 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]


The workshops helpline women to stand up against Forced Marriage

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  

On the 29th May, Executive Director Faeeza Vaid was interviewed on Big Centre TV (Freeview Channel 8) about the MWNUK's work against forced marriage. See the video here.

Channel S   26/4/2015

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.



  • 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  

MWN Helpline

  0800 999 5786
0303 999 5786

Our new national helpline aimed at Muslim women and girls who are suffering from or at risk of abuse or facing problems, operates on:

  Mondays  ,  Wednesdays   and   Fridays   between  10am-1pm  . And on   Saturdays   between   7-9pm  .

The helpline is confidential and you can  speak to our advisors  and even webchat live with us during these times. You may also email us on or call our mobile phone on 07415 206 936. Or visit our website on  

  In This Newsletter  

MWNUK Forced Marriage Engagement Workshops
MWNUK Booklet on Forced Marriage
MWNUK Welcomes New Staff
MWNUK Department of Health Consultation
MWNUK Funding News
Arts and Theatre
MWNUK Upcoming Focus Group
Child Survivor Abuse Survivor Survey

Beyond the Ballot

13 Muslim MP's Elected

  MWNUK in the MEDIA  
BBC Article
Big Centre TV

Counter Extremism Questionnaire
IKWRO- The First Specialist Refuge
An inspirational Disabled Iranian Woman
Morocco's Islamic Women Preachers
Islam vs Feminism

  MWN Helpline  
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