MWNUK June 2015 Newsletter
Dear MWNUK Supporter,Hope you enjoy reading our latest newsletter.
Message from Executive Director:
As the month of Ramadan descends upon us, we are reminded that “Ramadan is the (month) in which was sent down the Qur'an, as a guide to mankind , also clear (signs) for guidance and judgement. ….” (Al-Baqarah 2:184)
It is the Qur’an’s spirit of equality and justice that grounds MWNUK’s work and commitment to uncovering uncomfortable truths fearlessly, honestly and independently, so that equal rights and opportunities may be achieved for all .
Through the enquiries we receive on the Muslim Women’s Network Helpline (www.mwnhelpline.co.uk, 0800 999 5786) we remain informed by the voices of Muslim women and girls. And bring about real change by using our voices to speak up for those who cannot yet be heard.
There are many challenges facing Muslims in Britain today. This is both from within our communities and within wider society. Issues include; the prevalence of abuse in its many forms,mental health issues , and Islamophobia and discrimination . In addition, Muslim women face multiple barriers , issues and levels of discrimination.
And we are all affected by the recent killings in France, Tunisia and Kuwait. MWNUK extend our deepest sympathies to the victims' families and and friends.
As daughters, sisters, mothers and wives, we pray :
1. That Ramadan guides us to truly believe that only Allah is Almighty, and all human beings are equal and entitled to justice.
2. That those suffering domestic violence, forced marriage, FGM, mental health issues and all other struggles find ease .
3. And that Ramadan brings respect, goodwill, peace, and compassion for all of humanity.
As a month of great generosity, we also implore you to donate to MWNUK to further our work in addressing the needs of Muslim women in the UK. We need your help to make a difference.
We are a registered charity, (number 1155092) you can donate here: www.mwnuk.co.uk. Or you can donate via text. To donate £5 text the following code NISA04 £5 to 70070.
MWNUK have launched our new organisational website: www.mwnuk.co.uk.
Take a look and tell us what you think!
MWNUK will be holding our 2015 AGM i
on Friday 31 July 2015.
We’ve had another busy and exciting year with lots of interesting developments, and are looking forward to sharing this and our future plans with you.
The theme of this year's event is : Islamophobia and Discrimination- It's Impact on Muslim Women
Agenda to include:
- Lunch and Networking
- AGM business
- Panel discussion on the impact of Islamophobia and Discrimination on Muslim Women
- Workshop on Discrimination
- Member Marketplace
Speakers to be Confirmed.
For more information please contact Faeeza Vaid on firstname.lastname@example.org /07535 703 567Register here
*Please note that this event is primarily open to members registered by 24 July 2015. If you are not a member and would like to attend, please contact Faeeza on email@example.com
MWNUK delivered engagement workshops on Forced Marriage and Honour Based Violence on the:
This event saw local Imams, and men and women come together.
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.
Photographs from the events will be available on our websitehere
Project Manager Shahin Ashraf
also held awareness raising training events on:
- Child Sexual Exploitation: On 10th June, in Nottingham at Kahrmel Wellness's 'Domestic Abuse in Faith Communities' Conference
- Female Genital Mutilation: On 24th June, at Aston Manor Academy, Birmingham.
Chair Shaista Gohir has created an informative and interactive animation video on the issue of Forced Marriage. It is an excellent resource particularly aimed at young people. Watch it here .
On the 15 June
, MWNUK held a focus group in Birmingham on the issue of Child Sexual Abuse in the family
. A representative of the Office of the Children's Commissioner
attended the meeting to hear the views of participants as part of their Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse in the Family Environment in all communities. Our research and findings will go towards their final report and hope that key safeguarding strategies can be implemented to prevent such abuse from taking place ever again. If you would like to provide any views or comments do get in touch
- Veil Ban in Europe- Gender Equality or Gendered Islamophobia
Chair Shaista Gohir was asked by the the renowned International Georgetown Journal on Inequality to write an article about the face veil ban in Europe.
In her contribution she examined the reasons routinely provided to justify face veil restrictions. She questioned whether the motivations were genuine
- Forced Marriages in the UK
Vice-chair Nazmin Akthar-Sheikh
was contacted by Criminal Law & Justice Weekly
to write a feature. Her article focused on Forced Marriage, explaining the term 'izzat', the need for awareness raising on the issue, and the impact of criminalising Forced Marriage. To read the full article, please click here
General Secretary Mussurut Zia has done a number of media interviews discussing the radicalisation of British Muslim women, and whether the face veil should be banned following the controlled explosion in Watford, including:
- On the 16th June on BBC Radio 5 Live tonight at 10.30pm
- On the 19th June on BBC Radio Oxford and on BBC 3 Counties Radio
0800 999 5786
0303 999 5786
Our national helpline aimed at Muslim women and girls who are suffering from or at risk of abuse or facing problems, operates on: Mondays
. And on Saturdays
We have received calls on forced marriage, rape, domestic violence, stalking, and trafficking
(amongst other issues) this month. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call our mobile phone on 07415 206 936. Or visit our website on www.mwnhelpline.co.uk
CALLS FOR EVIDENCE
- Consultation on Equality between Women and Men in the EU
The European Commission is carrying out a consultation on equality between women and men in the EU. The target groups are: Member States; social partner organisations; civil society organisations with an interest in gender equality issues, violence against women, and/or social issues; equality bodies; and other organisations or individuals.
This public consultation is open from 21 April until 21 July 2015 .
The consultation will be used to collect the views of a broad public in the context of the preparation of the Commission’s policy on equality between women and men after 2015.
- House of Lords Equality Act 2010 and Disability Committee – Call for Evidence
In June 2015, a House of Lords Committee set up especially to look at the Equality Act 2010 and its impact on disabled people published a call for written evidence and invited all interested parties to submit evidence by 4 September 2015 .
The Committee was set up to look at the provisions and implementation of the Equality Act 2010 in relation to how it serves disabled people .
- Man sentenced in historic first prosecution of Forced marriage. To read the full article please click here .
- A year on from the introduction of Forced Marriage as a criminal offence, "Why are there so few forced marriage prosecutions?" To read the full article please click here.
- A Muslim woman presents a spoken word poem speaking out against the hijacking and tarnishing of the name of Islam, by extremist militants such as ISIS and others. Watch here.
- Muslim mother attacked for wearing hijab as she went to collect children from London primary school. To view the full article please click here.
- Bradford mum tipped for top screenwriting career after landing national award. To view the full article please click here.