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MWNUK October 2015 Newsletter
Date: 31/10/2015

October 2015

Dear MWNUK Supporter,

Hope you enjoy reading our latest newsletter.


MWNUK Say Goodbye to Robina Iqbal

MWNUK are sad to announce the  exit  of our valued  Board Member Robina . We would like to thank her for her commitment and effort over the past six years and wish her the very best with her future. We would also like to congratulate her on her recent completion of Hajj. May Allah SWT reward her efforts. Aameen.


MWNUK Welcomes Chloe Grace

MWNUK would like to welcome  Chloe  to the MWNUK team as  Operations  and Communications Administrator . She brings with her a wealth of skill and an academic background in law. Part of her role will be helping us engage with our members more. So if you would like to get in touch, please email her on .

MWNUK Fundraising


MWNUK are now using  GiftAid which means your donations will be worth much more. We highly appreciate all your support and if you would like to donate you may do so here. If you would like to  donate  through GiftAid, please request a declaration form from .

MWNUK Responds to FGM Consultation

On 30th September 2015, MWNUK responded to the  Home Office’s Consultation  on the  Statutory Multi-Agency Guidance on Female Genital Mutilation .  We felt the draft statutory guidance generally provides frontline professionals with the information required on the prevalence of FGM. However, we  raised concerns  that included:

• Preventing FGM from taking place appearing to be the only aim of the statutory guidance.  However  mental health  issues or emotional needs were not considered.
Focus is being placed on increasing reporting as a result of the introduction of the mandatory reporting duty and achieving prosecutions than on  prevention  and in actually assisting victims and survivors of FGM
The guidance suggested a somewhat exhaustive list of  risk factors  and situations whereas situations could be more complex thus meaning other risk factors being missed

More  cases studies  highlighting different scenarios were needed to assist professionals

 Links to other issues  such as domestic violence and forced marriage could be emphasised further, as there may be many layers to an issue

The full report can be downloaded here.

MWNUK Events

  • On the 9thOctober , MWNUK held a focus group on Forced Marriage. Participants included female activists from around the country who helped formulate possible solutions to help young people tackle forced marriages. Thank you to all the attendees for their invaluable contributions.
  • On the  23rdOctober ,  Executive Director Faeeza Vaid  and  Chair Shaista Gohir  met with senior civil servants to discuss current issues affecting Muslim communities in Britain. Discussions included the impact of the government’s policies on Extremism and Terrorism, the role of third sector organisations, shariah councils, and issues affecting Muslim women.
  • On the  29thOctober ,  Executive Director Faeeza Vaid  attended the national Forced Marriage Commission and raised concerns and recommendations. She also provided examples of good practice of work being done to tackle this issue.

MWNUK in the Media


  •  On October 1st,    General Secretary  Mussurut Zia  was on  BBC Radio Sheffield  discussing the closure of  Apna Haq .  
  •  On October 7  th,   Chair  Shaista Gohir  was on  BBC Asian Network  talking to  DJ Noreen Khan  along with Veena V and  Alisha Rayden  as part of their  Fabulous Women Panel .
  •  On October 9  th,   Chair  Shaista Gohir  was on  ITV Good Morning  to discuss the report that 8 young people a day are being referred to  anti-radicalisation programmes.  General Secretary  Mussurut Zia  also commented on this issue on the  BBC Three Counties JVS Show. 


Apna Haq

This Months Feature Member is the outstanding organisation  Apna Haq . Apna Haq specialise in providing vital one to one support and guidance to Women and their children who are victims of  Domestic Violence . The organisation have played a vital role in raising awareness of domestic violence within Rotherham's South Asian community and contributed greatly to the  safety and well-being  of Asian women and their dependants.

Sadly, Apna Haq received devastating news this July when it was announced that Rotherham Council would be cutting their £145,000 contract meaning the life saving service these Women provide is at high risk of closure. MWNUK urge all our members to  support Apna Haq  by signing the petition to keep Apna Haq open here. We also encourage you the attend Apna Haq's  protest rally  in London on the 21st November. More details about the rally can be found below.


In our new feature, MWNUK looks at  female role models  across the world who challenge cultural barriers and stigma to achieve their highest potential.

  •  Meet Pakistan's first female fire fighter 

25 year old  Shazia Parveen  from  Pakistan  is breaking taboos in the country by proving that Women can work alongside men in challenging jobs. Read more of her story and watch her video here

  • High court appoints Bobbie Cheema-Grubb as its first Asian female judge 

Dedicated female Criminal Law Barrister  Bobbie Cheema-Grubb  has become the first Asian female Judge appointed on behalf of the High Court. Read more on her story here.


A new electronic tool kit created by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and  Women’s Net , highlights feminist practice and how to use  tools  and  communicate  in ways that are democratic, make women’s voices stronger and louder whilst challenging stereotypes and discriminatory social norms. It can be used as a way of assisting activists in making creative, safe and sustainable choices in using ICTs in our communication strategies. More information about the tool kit and a download link are available here


  • Film: Suffragette  The women’s suffrage movement began in in the United Kingdom in the early 19th century when Women were unable to vote and were given little means to voice their opinion regarding Society. The new suffragette film released this month highlights the struggle our sisters faced in speaking out for women and campaigning for the freedoms in which we enjoy today. MWNUK highly recommends our members to watch the film!
She may be a Nobel Prize winner and one of the most powerful campaigners in the world, but a new film shows Malala is just a regular teenage girl  

   Film: He named me Malala  She may be a Nobel Prize winner and one of the most powerful campaigners in the world, but a new film shows Malala is just a regular teenage girl. Learn more about the film and find out when the film is showing near you here.


  • Book:   Anita Anand's Sophia: Princess, Suffragette,   Revolutionary  Anita’s book explores the life of an overlooked but important campaigner. Sophia’s father was an Indian maharaja who had been forced to sign his kingdom over to the British as a child and had moved to England. Although born into royalty, due to her Father’s unruly ways and break up of her family, Sophia suffered at the hands of the British Government and was spied on from childhood. This led to her interest in questioning society and joining the Suffragette movement and fiercely campaigning for Women’s rights. MWNUK found this book highly interesting and recommends it to all our members. The book can be purchased here.



  •  Stand up to Racism:Refugees Welcome here 

Hundreds of thousands have marched under the slogan “Refugees Welcome Here” and many more have donated aid to refugees unable to find shelter and sanctuary. We must continue to pressure the government to take more refugees. Join Stand Up to Racism for their Refugees Welcome rally.

Date: Wednesday 4th November 2015
Venue:The Camden Centre,
Kings Cross

Contact: Unite Against Facism - 020 8971 7426

  •  Apna Haq Rally 

Rally to Make Minority Voices Become Majority Voices!

Apna Haq demands Specialist services for BME women led by BME women! Please join Apna Haq at their protest rally to show support and defend against major cuts to their life-saving service.

Date: 21st November
Time: Beginning at 12:30pm
Venue: The group will meet at Trafalgar Square and march towards Downing Street

  •  From 1965-2065: The Evolution of Anti-Racial Discrimination Law 
December 2015 marks fifty years since the first anti-racial discrimination law was passed in the UK. Come to a free evening lecture hosted by the House of Commons and hear about how anti-racial discrimination legislation has changed society in the UK and abroad.

Date:Thursday 3 December
Venue:Macmillan Room,
Portcullis House,

Contact:For enquiries, please contact House of Parliament's Outreach Service here


  •  It's not the hijab which holds women back, but prejudice 

H&M, launch the  first ever mainstream advertising campaign  featuring a Muslim woman wearing a  hijab  at the same time as  hijab  wearing Nadiya winning the  Great British Bake off  and becoming a Nationwide icon. Read more here.

  •  Police told to treat anti-Muslim hate crimes in same way as anti-Semitic attacks 

Government’s commitment to  record anti-Muslim offences as hate crime  is designed to reassure Muslim communities that strategy is  balanced . Read more here.

  •  'Islamic assemblies' held at 'Trojan Horse' school 'without consultation' 

Islamic assemblies were held without consultation at a Birmingham school involved in the " Trojan Horse" affair , a misconduct panel has heard. Read more here.

  •  The 'forgotten' army of 400,000 Muslim soldiers who fought in Great War trenches for Britain 

More than 400,000 Muslim soldiers fought in World War One , yet a recent survey by British Future, a think-tank dedicated to racial integration, has revealed that only 22 per cent of people know of their sacrifice. Read more here.

  •  Mental health detentions up by 10% in England 

There were  58,000 detentions under the Mental Health Act in England in the 12 months to March this year - a rise of 10% on the previous year , figures show. Read more here.

  •  Why are Iranian husbands standing up for their wives? 

Husbands in  Iran  are taking pictures of themselves declaring their  commitment to female equality - and thousands are sharing their messages on Facebook. Read more here.

Keep in Touch!

Thanks for reading our latest newsletter. MWNUK would love to hear about and feature the things that are important to you.
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 In This Newsletter 

MWNUK Say Goodbye to Robina Iqbal
MWNUK Welcomes Chloe Grace
MWNUK Responds to FGM Consultation
MWNUK Fundraising
MWNUK Events
MWNUK in the Media

Apna Haq

Pakistan's first female fire fighter
High Court appoints Britain's first Asian female judge

Feminist Movement Building:Activist Toolkit

Film: Suffragette
Film: He named me Malala
Book:Anita Anand's Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary

Stand up to Racism: Refugees Welcome Rally
From 1965-2065: The Evolution of Anti-Racial Discrimination Law


Police told to treat anti-Muslim hate crimes in same way as anti-Semitic attacks

Islamic assemblies' held at 'Trojan Horse' school 'without consultation

The 'forgotten' army of 400,000 Muslim soldiers who fought in Great War trenches for Britain

Mental health detentions up by 10% in England

Why are Iranian husbands standing up for their wives?

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