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MWNUK September 2015 Newsletter
Date: 30/9/2015

September 2015

Dear MWNUK Supporter,

Hope you enjoy reading our latest newsletter.


MWNUK At Downing Street Eid Reception

On the 23rd September, Chair   Shaista Gohir   and Executive Director   Faeeza Vaid   were invited to celebrate Eid al Adha at   10 Downing Street   and had the honour of meeting Home Secretary Theresa May.

MWNUK Host Private
Film Screening

On the 13th September MWNUK hosted the   private film screening   of 'Freesia'- the first UK film to address issues of   Islamophobia and hate   , produced by   Akran Creative   , set in Bradford and starring Aqib Khan of 'West is West'. See the film trailer   here.   

MWNUK at Musawah in Morrocco

Chair, Shaista Gohir is a board member of the   Global Movement Musawah   and attended a planning meeting to ensure the smooth transition of the   Secretariat office in Rabat, Morocco   . Shaista also had the honour of meeting the most well known   Muslim Feminist   in the world,   Fatima Merinissi.   
Musawah will be continuing to   train their activists   on the   differences and diversity of Qur'anic interpretations and juristic opinions   , as well as the conceptual tools that exist within the Muslim legal tradition that justify reform as both possible and necessary. Musawah will also continue with their advocacy work in   training women's rights   NGOs to write shadow CEDAW reports and challenge their government's when they report to the UN on their progress on rights. The are also plans for more research and outreach work.

The last two Musawah newsletters can be found here.

MWNUK Fundraising


On the 20th September, MWNUK Vice-Chair   Nazmin Akthar-Sheikh   took part in a   memory walk   for the Alzheimers Society.   Donations are highly appreciated   by clicking this link

Around 225,000 people develop dementia every year in the UK which means those closest to them often dedicate their lives to helping their loved ones. If you or someone you know require help or support,further advice can be found here.

MWNUK in the Media

Shaista Gohir on Sunday Morning Live

MWNUK have had another busy month contributing to the Media:
  • On the 7th September, General Secretary Mussurut Zia was interviewed on   3 Counties Radio   about whether Britons need to be more accepting of the Niqab given the rise in Islamophobia
  • On the 18th September, Chair Shaista Gohir commented in   The Times   and was interviewed on the   Victoria Derbyshire Programme   and   BBC Radio World Service   on the increased sentencing of a paedophile who sexually exploited an Asian girl and on the controversy about whether Asian girls suffer more than White girls. Available here.
  • On the 20th September, Chair Shaista Gohir appeared on the    BBC Sunday Morning Live Pane l   to discuss whether we need a new national anthem and about body image which can be viewed here
  • On the 22nd September, Chair Shaista Gohir wrote comment piece in the    Huffington Post    to challenge the misinformation about the case involving the Asian victim in that the judge had not given a tougher sentence just because the victim was Asian but has considered the additional impact on her, which happens all the time in cases. The article can be viewed here
  • On the 25th September, General Secretary Mussurut Zia was on    BBC Radio 5 Live    to speak about the Hajj stampede.


Handling of Police
Complaints Guidelines

Following a number of    criticisms   with the way that police forces deal with    discrimination complaints   , the    Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC   ) has issues    revised guidelines    for police on how to handle complaints. MWNUK organised a focus group with Muslim women on their experiences with the police that contributed towards the    consultation    process. The guidelines will assist police to properly and effectively handle allegations of discrimination, including discrimination based on race, sexual orientation, religious belief, age, or disability. It is important that we as the public are also aware of how the police should be responding to us should we complain to them about the way we are treated by the police.  You can read the guidelines here.


Common Purpose
Leadership Programme

Many    Pakistani and Bangladeshi leaders    in the diaspora remain very connected to their country of origin.    Common Purpose    is running a programme for these leaders that aims to build their capacity to contribute to development in Bangladesh and Pakistan.

Applications are invited from exceptional leaders from the Bangladeshi and Pakistani diaspora living in the UK. Applicants can be in the early to mid-stage of their careers or established leaders. We are seeking a participant group that includes participants from different generations.  The deadline is    15th October 2015.   

See more here:


  • Twitter Sensation: @AuntyPakistan   
An anonymous twitter account @AuntyPakistan emerged early September in Pakistan and within days gathered thousands of followers. It gained popularity because    it challenges misogyny by highlighting the hypocrisy and double standards    in the way women are viewed and treated.
  •    Woman found hanged after fearing she would be pressured into a forced marriage   
Muslim woman found dead after taking out    Forced Marriage Protection Order   . Read more here
  •    Woman racially abused on train   
Muslim woman   r acially abused    and comments made about her clothing on train carriage full of football fans. Read more here
  •    Woman racially abused on bus   
A Muslim woman wearing the    niqab    was racially abused in Batley as she waited to get off a bus. Read more here
  •    Abuse going unreported in Britain's South Asian communications   
Rapists and abusers are escaping justice in Britainís south Asian communities as    sexual and domestic violence is going unreported    by women and children who are trapped in a    pervasive culture of shame   , according to a new academic study. Read more here
  •    Terror Arrests reach record high   
The number of people arrested for    terrorism related offences    reaches a    record high    with a rise in younger people getting arrested. Read more here
  •    Birmingham Quran teachers jailed for beating boy   
A boy was beaten with a plastic stick and given back-of-the-hand slaps by each of his tutors. Photographs of his injuries showing "   extensive"bruising   " to the back of his legs. Read more here
  •    NHS uncovers 1000 FGM cases   
More than   1,000 newly recorded cases of female genital mutilation (FGM)   in England between April and June, NHS data reveals. Read more here
  •    School Sex Crime reports in UK top 5,500 in Three years   
      Sexual assaults and rapes are taking place in schools   .   Read morehere
  •    Police given advice on spotting Domestic Abuse patterns   
The new College of Policing guidance is designed to help officers prosecute without relying on victims' evidence. It also advises    Senior Officers    about    the need for specialist staff to deal with cases of abuse    and ensure victims receive the best possible support. A new domestic abuse offence of "   coercive and controlling behaviour   " within relationships is expected to come into force later this year. Read more here

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   In This Newsletter   

MWNUK at Downing Street Eid reception
MWNUK Host Film Screening
MWNUK at Musawah Meeting in Morrocco
MWNUK Fundraising

MWNUK in the Media

Handling Of Police Discrimination Complaints

Common Purpose Leadership Programme

Twitter Sensation: @AuntyPakistan
Woman Found Hanged after Fearing She Would be Pressured into a Forced Marriage
Woman Racially Abused on Train
Woman Racially Abused on Bus
Abuse going unreported in Britain's South Asian communities
Terror Arrests Reach Record High
Birmingham Quran teachers jailed for beating boy
NHS uncovers 1000 FGM cases
School Sex Crimes reports in UK tops 5,500 in Three Years

Police given advice on spotting Domestic Abuse Patterns

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