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Building a Stronger Britain Event (Aug 2015)

Home Secretary Theresa May MP delivered a key note in Birmingham on the 25th August on how communities can work to Build a Stronger Britain and tackle extremism, MWNUK were invited to showcase their work at the event.

Bradford Forced Marriage Event (June 2015)

We received funding from the government's Department of Local Government and Communities to hold a series of awareness raising events. The event in Bradford was held on 13th June in partnership with Sharing Voices, a mental health charity.

Nottingham Forced Marriage Event (June 2015)

We received funding from the government's Department of Local Government and Communities to hold a series of awareness raising events. The event in Nottingham was held on 11h June in partnership with Nottingham Muslim Women's Network

Rochdale Forced Marriage Event (June 2015)

We received funding from the government's Department of Local Government and Communities to hold a series of awareness raising events. The event in Rochdale was held on 7th June in partnership with The Light of Islam Academy.

Manchester Forced Marriage Event

We received funding from the government's Department of Local Government and Communities to hold a series of awareness raising events. The event in Manchester was held on 21tst May in partnership with with Awaaz Women's Group / ITC Centre.

Rotherham Forced Marriage Event

We received funding from the government's Department of Local Government and Communities to hold a series of awareness raising events. The event in Rotherham was held on 20th May in partnership with Apna Haq, a women's rights group.

Tackling FGM Conference - Birmingham (March 2015)

MWNUK partnered with several organisations including FORWARD and St. Albans School to organise a conference on tackling female genital mutilation. The conference explored the rule of health, police, faith leaders, schools and community groups. Youth champions also joined the campaign through song and poetry. We also heard of survivor stories. The event was held in Birmingham on 16th March 2015.

Raising Awareness of Sexual Exploitation of Asian Girls Event in Newcastle (March 2015)

MWNUK and Women Interfaith Network (North East) partnered to hold an event to highlight the sexual exploitation of Asian girls and young women. Participants included women from the local community, third sector groups and frontline professionals. The event was held on 16th March 2015 in Newcastle.

MUSAWAH Event (SOAS Uni - London): Men in Charge? (March 2015)

Raising Awareness of Sexual Exploitation of Asian Girls Event in East London Mosque (March 2015)

MWNUK and East London Mosque partnered to hold an event to highlight the sexual exploitation of Asian girls and young women. Participants included women from the local community, third sector groups and frontline professionals who came together to discuss how to move forward and encourage children of all backgrounds to report abuse. The event was held on 10th March 2015 in East London Mosque (Maryam Centre).

Raising Awareness of Sexual Exploitation of Asian Girls Event in Blackburn (March 2015)

MWNUK and Practical Solutions partnered to hold an event to highlight the sexual exploitation of Asian girls and young women. Participants included community and third sector groups who came together to discuss how to move forward and encourage children of all backgrounds to report abuse. The event was held on 2nd March 2015 in Blackburn.

Women- Media, Sexism And Online Abuse (Jan 2015) Event AND MWN Helpline Launch

Event held on 14 January 2015- in partnership with the Government Equalities Office at Randle Room, Cannon Hill Park.

Raising Awareness of Sexual Exploitation of Asian Girls Event in Rotherham (November 2014)

MWNUK and Apna Haq partnered to hold an event to highlight the sexual exploitation of Asian girls and young women. Participants included community and third sector groups who came together to discuss how to move forward and encourage children of all backgrounds to report abuse. Speakers included representatives from South Yorkshire Police, Rotherham Council and third sector organisations. The event was held on the 6th November 2014 in Rotherham.

CSE Workshop Bradford (October 2014)

MWNUK organised a workshop for women in partnership with Just West Yorkshire and QED-UK in Bradford to explore how child sexual exploitation can be tackled. The workshop was held on 31st October 2014.

Raising Awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation (October 2014)

Event organised by Professional Muslims Institute to highlight the findings of the MWNUK research on sexual exploitation of Asian girls. Speaker included Shaista Gohir (Chair of MWNUK), Qari Asim, Nazir Afzal (CPS) and representatives from the police and local authority. The event was held on 30th

Raising Awareness of CSE - Birmingham (Oct 2014)

MWNUK partnered with Seven Local Authorities and West Midlands Police to hold an event on sexual exploitation. The event was held on 20th October 2014 in Birmingham.

Parliamentary Health Service Ombudsman Workshop Manchester (June 2014)

MWNUK organised and facilitated workshop for the Parliamentary Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) to find out about why Muslim and South Asian women do not often complain when the receive an inadequate service from the health service and other public bodies. The workshop was held on 13th June 2014.

Parliamentary Health Service Ombudsman Workshop Birmingham (June 2014)

MWNUK organised and facilitated workshop for the Parliamentary Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) to find out about why Muslim and South Asian women do not often complain when the receive an inadequate service from the health service and other public bodies. The workshop was held on 9th June 2014.

Annual General Meeting (May 2014)

MWNUK AGM May 2014 at Birmingham Council House themed 'Muslim Women and Mental Health'. Event included AGM business, panel discussion on Mental Health, and awareness raising workshop on Mental Health. Members also enjoyed lunch while networking.

Can Muslims Escape Mysogyny? (Jan 2014)

A conference organised by the Deen Institute in London on 26th January 2014 with renowned scholars and academics including Tariq Ramadan, Dr. Ingrid Mattson, Dr Zainab Alwani and Myriam Francois Cerrah. MWNUK Executive Director, Faaeza Vaid also presented posing questions to the panel.

Gloria De Perio Event (Jan 2014)

Labour Party's Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities, Gloria De Perio and Yasmin Quereshi MP have been listening to women around the country and visited Birmingham to speak to Muslim women on 11th January 2014.

Peacemakers Awards - Istanbul

Birmingham Big Sisters Role Models

US Govt Officials (Dec 2013)

On 10th Dec 2013, we organised at our offices where representatives from various organisations / activists met with US government officials: Jamie Martin (Deputy Cultural Attache), Katie Donohoe (from USAID) and Irfan Saeed (Senior Policy Advisor from Dept from Homeland Security)

Samar Minallah - Forced Marriages (Dec 2013)

On 2nd Dec 2013, MWNUK hosted Samar Minallah, an award winning documentary maker & human rights activist from Pakistan. We played her documentary on forced marriages, Poles Apart: Chains do not keep Marriages Together,’ This was followed by a QA session and debate.

CSE Awareness Raising Event (Nov 2013)

On 28th Nov 2013, MWNUK partnered with Small Health Community Forum in Birmingham and organised an event to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation where we presented findings from our UNHEARD VOICES report. West Midlands Police, Barnardos and local imam Shaykh Aslam also presented

Unheard Voices Report Launch (Sept 2013)

Our ground breaking report, Unheard Voices: Sexual Exploitation of Asian Girls and Young Women, was launched at the House of Commons on 10th September 2013

Hear I am Poetry Event (June 2013)

"Hear I Am ~ An Evening of Poetic Narratives" was held on 22nd June at D'Gaf in London. This was a part of MWNUK's anthology project, aiming to provide members of the Muslim and/or BME community with a platform to showcase talent whilst raising awareness of important issues

US Embassy Visit (May 2013)

On 30th May 2013, representatives from the US Embassy visited the MWNUK offices to discuss U.S. foreign policy.  Local Muslim women were invited to attend the meeting and asked questions and robustly challenged specific policy issues of concern.  The issues raised by participants included the drone attacks in Pakistan, the role of US in conflicts around the world and sale of weapons to states with questionable human rights records.  

Amplifying Youth Voices Workshop (May 2013)

On the 29th May 2013, MWNUK held a workshop aimed at young activists.  Issues covered included awareness raising presentations and videos on domestic violence, sexual violence and forced marriage.  The session also included advice on how to campaign and share information.

Gender and Equality Book Launch (April 2013)

Gender and Equality in Muslim Family Law book explores how male authority is sustained through law and court practice in different contexts, the consequences for women. Book launch took place at SOAS and MWNUK were there to support fellow Musawah Advocate Ziba Mir Hosseini - lead editor of the book

Musawah Global Meeting (April 2013)

The International Advisory Group, which is the highest decision making committee of Musawah met in Cairo in April 2013. As a member of this group, Shaista Gohir, Chair of MWNUK attended this meeting.

Labour Party - People’s Policy Forum (March 2013)

The event was held in Birmingham on 23rd March 2013. Shaista Gohir (Chair of MWNUK) took Bordesley Green School pupil, Abida Sultana, to meet Ed Miliband MP, Yvette Cooper MP and Shabana Mahmood MP so she could ask them questions directly.

MWNUK Annual General Meeting (March 2013)

MWNUK Annual General Meeting on 4th March 2013 at House of Lords. Hosted by Baroness Haleh Afshar and Baroness Uddin with Jo Swinson MP (Minister for Women and Equalities) as keynote speaker

MWNUK - Postcard Campaign (Feb 2013)

Saudi Poet Nimah Nawwab (16 Nov 2012)

MWNUK hosted renowned Saudi poet Nimah Ismail Nawwab at the Drum theatre in Birmingham. She shared poems from her new book Canvas of the Soul and how events, politics and women’s rights influence her writings. Nimah was joined by Birmingham poet, Saleha Begum,who also read from her debut collection.

Acid Foundation Survivors Visit (13 Nov 2012)

MWNUK invited Monira Rahman, Executive Director of Acid Survivors Foundation, an organisation that has been working on acid violence issues in Bangladesh. She shared stories of women who had been attacked and how this issue is being tackled.

White Scarf Campaign (25 November - 10 December 2012)

In support of International Day for the 'Elimination of Violence Against Women' and the 16 Days of Activism, MWNUK ran a Facebook campaign. Men, women and children participated in the campaign including victims of violence to raise awareness of violence against women by wearing a white scarf.

Shadow Cabinet Minister visits MWNUK (Jan 2012)

Politicians from the Shadow Cabinet, Yvetter Cooper MP and Shabana Mahmood MP visited MWNUK offices where they spoke to Birmingham Muslim women about their views on immigration and education

MWNUK Annual General Meeting (Jan 2012)

The meeting that was supposed to be held in December 2011 was delayed and held in Jan 2012 and was held in the House of Lords. Guest Speakers included: Shabana Mahmood MP, Lynne Featherstone MP, Helen Reordon Bond (Govt Equalities Office), Jane Keeper (Refuge) and Saleha Islam (NSPCC)

Engaging with Parliament Workshop (May 2011)

Muslim Women's Network UK in collaboration with Parliamentary Outreach and the Centre for Research in Ethnic Relations (University of Warwick) and sponsored by the UK Economic and Social Research Council delivered a free workshop on the work of the UK Parliament and how citizens can engage with it.

Daughters of Eve - Bradford (May 2011)

National Muslim women's event organised by the Bradford Muslim Women's Council. MWNUK was invited to speak at event on child protection and co-facilitate a workshop on raising aspirations

Birmingham City Council (March 2011)

Muslim female role model exhibitions showcased at the Council House.

Inspirational Muslim Women - Event in Loughborough (Jan 2011)

An event organised by Human Rights and Equalities (Charnwood) and held in Loughbourough. MWNUK showcased role model exhibitions and spoke at the event.

Women's Voices, Women's Rights - Southampton (March 2010)

An event organised by the Workers Educational Association. MWNUK was invited to showcase exhibitions, speak and run a workshop.

Forced Marriage Training Workshop (Dec 2010)

MWNUK in partnership with Practical Solutions and the West Midlands Fire Service delivered forced marriage training to frontline professionals.

Turkish Delegation of Journalists visit MWNUK offices (Dec 2010)

MWNUK's Annual General Meeting - Dec 2010

MWNUK's Annual General Meeting 2010 Venue: House of Lords, London Programme Theme: 'Encouraging Civic Participation'

National Meeting with Government Equalities Office (Nov 2010)

Eid Reception at 10 Downing Street (Nov 2010)

North London Muslim Women's Network Event (Nov 2010)

MWNUK was invited to speak at the event on: Muslim women challenging extremism.

A Woman's Voice in Society - event in Northampton (Nov 2010)

An event organised by Eiman - a Northamptonshire wide women's group. MWNUK was invited to help facilitate the workshops.

Salaam Festival (2010)

Salaam festival was about inspiring Muslim women with music, henna art and creativity. it was held in 2010.

Eid Reception at the Foreign Office (September 2010)

ESRC Funded Conference & Warwick University (Sept 2010)

Women from Muslim Communities and their Engagement in Politics

Musawah Outreach Strategy Meeting - Indonesia (August 2010)

The meeting took place o 3-6 August 2010 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia and was attended by Cassandra Balchin and Shaista Gohir from MWNUK.

Shaista Gohir meets Shaykh Hamza Yusuf (May 2010)

Shaista Gohir meets Princess Summayah of Jordan (May 2010)

Samar Minallah Vist to MWNUK (January 2010)

Samar Minallah is a human rights activist and film documentary maker from Pakistan. During her visit to the UK in January 2010, she visited MWNUK for a roundtable discussion with some MWNUK members.

Dudley Role Models Roadshow (January 2010)

The event showcasing national and local Muslim female role models was organised by the National Muslim Women's Advisory Group (NMWAG). Shaista Gohir from MWNUK Chaired the event (as she was a member of NMWAG at the time).

Eid Reception at 10 Downing Street (December 2009)

Shaista Gohir was onje of many Muslims invited to the Eid reception hosted by Prime Minister Gordon Brown at Downing Street.

MWNUK Annual General Meeting (November 2009)

The meeting took place in Birmingham.

Asian Woman of Achievement Awards (May 2009)

Shaista Gohir won AWAA in the Social and Humanitarian category in May 2009.

UK Muslim Women Power List (March 2009)

Shaista Gohir's name was included in the Muslim Women Power List which named the most influential Muslim women in Britain. Baroness Haleh Afshar, Honorary and founder of MWNUK was also included on the list.

MWNUK Gender, Islam and Advocacy Workshop (March 2008)

The workshop was held in Leciester and attended by Muslim women from around the UK.

MWNUK Health Workshops (January 2008)

Two workshops were held in Bolton and Blackburn in January 2008 to explore the barriers to health for Muslim women.
 
 
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