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MWNUK July 2015 Newsletter
Date: 31/8/2015

JULY 2015

Dear MWNUK Supporter,

Hope you enjoy reading our latest newsletter.


MWNUK AGM & Event on
Islamophobia and Discrimination

MWNUK held our Annual General Meeting on  Friday 31 July 2015 at Birmingham's Council House . The event was well attended and began with a  Qur'anic recitation by ED Faeeza Vaid, and translation and reflection by Chaplain Shahin Ashraf. The MWNUK team then shared  updates  on another busy and exciting year with lots of interesting developments. A copy of our  Annual Report and Summary of Accounts  is available on our website here and a full statement of accounts is available on request.

Special thanks to both  Shabana Mahmood MP  (Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury) and  Dr. Mashuq Ally  (Head of Social Cohesion & Equalities Department, Birmingham City Council) who echoed support for MWNUK's work, and spoke on their experience of issues affecting Muslim women.

AGM business was followed by a panel discussion on: Islamophobia and Discrimination- It's Impact on Muslim Women . The panel included  Julie Pascoet  (‘European Network Against Racism’),  Haleemah Patel  (Victim of Islamophobic Hate Crime and Campaigner for ‘Stop Hate’ campaign),  Jennifer Izekor  (Commissioner for the Independent Police Complaints Commission) and  Aaqil Ahmed (BBC Commissioning Editor, Head of Religion & Ethics). Attendees were also privileged to watch exclusive clips from a film entitled  'Freesia'  which tackles issues of Islamophobia and hate in the UK, by Artistic Director  Conor Ibrahiem .

Thereafter, attendees participated in a workshop on 'What is Discrimination?' facilitated by Barbara Cohen from the Discrimination Law Association. It was thoroughly informative, covering the 9 protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010, direct and indirect discrimination, and making a discrimination claim.


Photographs from the day will be available on the gallery section of our website.


MWNUK Deliver Presentation
to NHS Wandsworth CCG

On the 15th July, MWNUK Treasurer  Dr Iram Sattar  delivered a presentation to  NHS Wandsworth CCG's BME Mental Health Inequalities group , on the topic of  well-being & empowerment of women . Iram's expertise as a medical practitioner and our work with Muslim women at a grassroots level provided a combination of real insight and practical solutions to address issues on matters of  health and mental health. 

MWNUK Interviewed by Law
Commission Researchers

On the 6th July, the MWNUK team met with  Law Commission researchers  to discuss how effective current laws in the family realm are, particularly for Muslim women. We discussed at length the impact of  non-registration of Muslim marriages , and our recommended solutions.

MWNUK at House of Lords
Faith Leaders Event

On 15 July, Project Manager and Chaplain  Shahin Ashraf  joined  faith leaders  from across the UK at the House of Lords to speak out  against domestic abuse . It was the first time that different faith leaders have stood together to acknowledge the problem of domestic abuse within their own faith communities, and to pledge to do something about it.

As the first step: a nationwideFaith Leaders' Declaration on Domestic Abusewas endorsed by dozens of prominent UK faith leaders. Above all, the Declaration affirms that  domestic abuse is irreconcilable with the teachings of our faiths.  It commits faith leaders to addressing domestic abuse and promoting positive action. It also provides a practical definition for identifying domestic abuse in all its forms.

MWNUK in the Media

  • On the 2nd July, Chair Shaista Gohir was on the  Victoria Derbyshire  programme discussing the need for research into why some British people are being brainwashed by IS.
  • On the 6th July, General Secretary Mussurut Zia spoke on  BBC 3 Counties Radio  between 9.15 and 9.30 regarding why people are choosing to go and live in "Islamic State" following the departure of family from Luton.
  • On the 6th July, Shaista Gohir Wrote article for  Guardian Comment is Free  outlining that ' Media Scares about Shariah Marriages Miss the Point' . The article was shared 1096 times and gathered 431 comments.  In the article Shaista highlights that some Muslims are not having civil marriages to avoid sharing assets should the marriage break down and not because of religious conservatism or extremism as promoted by some sections of the media and commentators. You can read it  here. 
  • On the 15th July, Shaista Gohir was interviewed on  Channel 4 News  hosted by Jon Snow on 'What can be done about ISIS'. See video  here. 
  • On the 22nd July, Shaista Gohir was interviewed on  ITV News  about how ISIS use social media and children for propaganda.See video  here .
  • On the 25th July, Shaista Gohir was interviewed for  Ahlebait TV on Child Sexual Exploitation. You can watch the clips here:

MWNUK Press Statements

  • On the 7th July, MWNUK released press statement in remembrance of the  7/7 attacks .
  • On the 13th July, MWNUK released press statement in remembrance of the  Srebenica genocide .
  • On the 20th July, MWNUK released press statement in response to  David Cameron’s speech in Birmingham on Extremism. 
Chair Shaista Gohir and Executive Director Faeeza Vaid attended the Prime Minister’s speech in Birmingham on 20th July 2015.  We welcomed his acknowledgement that most Muslims contribute to our country and that the extremist acts of a minority do not represent Islam. We also agree that to defeat extremism, we must all work together.  However, any government strategy must be carefully implemented and it cannot become the ‘thought police,’ and we are concerned that British Muslim school children may start getting profiled when expressing legitimate grievances.

Our full statements can be viewed here.


MWNUK Funding News

  • MWNUK are pleased to announce that the  Tudor trust  has awarded us  £100 000 over the next three years to  expand the Muslim Women's Network Helpline , as part of their commitment to supporting positive change in communities. We are really grateful to them (and our other donors) who have faith in our work and continue to support our organisation.

MWN Helpline Number
Free from Mobiles

 0800 999 5786
0303 999 5786

From the 1st July, freephone numbers starting with 0800 or 0808 are now  free to call  from mobile phones as well as landlines. Therefore to call the MWN Helpline on the 0800 999 5786 number is free from mobiles and landline.

Read more here about other developments on call charges.


- Shagufta K

MWNUK Member,  Shagufta K i s regarded a powerful, brave and experienced  performer  and  writer .  Her vivid thought provoking work beautifully transports audiences to a world where gender, race, and culture are examined through a fresh, passionate and exciting perspective.

Now back from maternity leave and having spent some wonderful, overwhelming and adventurous days with her two children, she is re-establishing herself as a writer and performer.  And has just completed a poetry film project on the  violating virginity testing  carried out on South Asian women migrating to the UK to join spouses in the 70s and 80s, and she is currently working on her first solo show.

She brings  poetry  to a wider audience, particularly through the use of spoken word, theatre and movement,  to provoke thought, and challenge the stereotypes that govern our media, and highlight how occupying a space between two spaces allow a unique insight and understanding of society, by highlighting what it means to be the embodiment of two  diverse cultures , which are often considered to be “conflicting”.

See more on her website: 

- QED UK Celebrates
25 years

 MWNUK  would like to  congratulate  QED UK on celebrating 25 years of outstanding work with ethnic minorities.

QED is led by CEO Mohammed Ali and Deputy CEO Adeeba Malik.  Their work on challenging inequalities has included training, highlighting the issues that create barriers to policy makers and breaking down the barriers e.g. Barriers that prevent people from ethnic minority backgrounds securing senior roles in the public and private sectors and at policy making levels.  They have changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people both here and abroad.

You can find out more about QED from their  website . And their 25 year brochure can be downloaded  here .


WRC Toolkit for
Women's Sector

The  Women's Resource Centre  has launched an  online toolkit  (FREE of charge) f or women working in the women’s sector and on women-only projects.  It is a practical and interactive guide on how to use  equalities and human rights legislation  to sustain or instigate relevant services for women or to challenge practice that deepens inequality faced by women. Women in the women’s sector or those working on women-only projects can log on as members to share experiences and views on current issues.

See here to find out more and register.



  • The Oldest Qur'an Fragment Found in Birmingham. 

Professor Thomas from the University of Birmingham says "the dating of the folios would mean it was quite possible that the person who had written them would have been alive at the time of the Prophet Muhammad."  Read more here.
  •  West Midlands Have Second Highest Level of Honour Crimes. 
Across the UK there were more than 11,000 cases of honour crimes, which included abductions, false imprisonment and murder. Read more here.
  •  Police Obtain first FGM protection order. 
Police have secured the UK’s first ever female genital mutilation protection order, which bans travel by people who are believed to be at risk of FGM.  Read more here.
  •  The government pledges £3.2 million to tackle domestic violence. 
Budget 2015: The chief executive of Women's Aid welcomes George Osborne's intervention to save women's refuges, but urges the Government needs to be pushed further. Read more here.

Keep in Touch!

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 In This Newsletter 

MWNUK AGM & Event on Islamophobia and Discrimination
MWNUK Deliver Presentation to NHS Wandsworth CCG
MWNUK Interviewed by Law Commission Researchers
MWNUK at House of Lords Faith Leaders Event

MWNUK in the Media
MWNUK Press Statements

MWNUK Funding News
MWNHelpline Number Free from Mobiles

Member Feature- Shagufta K
Organisation Feature- QED UK

WRC Toolkit for Women's Sector

Oldest Qur'an Fragment Found in Birmingham
West Midlands Have Second Highest Level of Honour Crimes
Police Obtain First FGM Protection Order
The Government Pledges £3.2 million to Tackle DV

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