Although we find out about the experiences of women and girls through out helpline enquiries, from time to time we also carry out more in depth research on certain issues. The findings then inform our advocacy and campaigning work and the types of resources we produce.

INVISIBLE - Maternity Experiences of Muslim Women

At its inaugural event the APPG on Muslim Women announced that it would conduct an inquiry into the maternity experiences of Muslim women.  The research was conducted in 2021 by the Secretariat, Muslim Women's Network UK (MWNUK) and the report is being launched at the House of Commons on the 13th July 2022. Over 1000 women completed a survey, 37 women took part in interviews and one focus group was held.
There are two report, which can be downloaded on the 12th July 2022 at 23.15 hours - a 40 page summary report, which can be downloaded here and a full report which can be downloaded above.


Muslim Womens Experience of the Criminal Justice System

Funder: Barrow Cadbury Trust

Report published in June 2019

Cases mostly from the Muslim Women's Network UK were analysed to examine how the criminal justice system responds to Muslim women who have been victims of violence and abuse and whether they are 'getting justice' and what factors are contributing to any 'justice gap.'


Female Genital Research (Birmingham Only)

2014 - 2015
Funder: Rosa

Report published in June 2016
The aim of this research was to better understand the issue of female genital mutilation (FGM) locally. We wanted to find out about attitudes but also more about who are the most influential on determining whether FGM is carried out, where it is carried out, and if women and girls are wanting support and what kind of support. We also want to find out what they think should be done to tackle issue e.g. What MWNUK and statutory bodies should be doing etc? Through the engagement, we also wanted to try and identify community champions on this issue.

Read full report here.


Information and Guidance on Muslim Marriage and Divorce in Britain

(Unfunded - Research carried out by Chair & Trustee in her Voluntary Time)

Report Published January 2016

This publication is aimed at Muslim women in Britain so they are better informed about their rights and practices relating to marriage and divorce. The contents of this report will also be useful to family law professionals, politicians, government officials, academics, students, religious authorities (mosques, Shariah Councils and scholars) and women's rights organisations.
This resource includes real case studies received by MWNUK, and covers common questions posed to us, for example, whether the permission of parents is required for marriage (guardianship), to polygamy and marrying outside of their faith. It also covers legally valid and invalid marriages as well as the barriers that Muslim women face when they are trying to get divorced.

The chapters include:

Muslim Marriages
The Model Muslim Marriage Contract
Legally Valid and Invalid Marriage
Shariah Councils
Grounds for Divorce
Divorce in Islam
Procedure for Islamic Divorce
Procedure for Civil Divorce
Recognition of Foreign Divorce
Annulment of a Marriage
Cost of Divorce
Preventing Discrimination Against Women in Marriage and Divorce - Potential Solutions
Conclusion and Key Recommendations

Read full report here.


Unheard Voices: Sexual Exploitation of Asian Girl and Young Women

(Unfunded - Research carried out by Chair & Trustee in her Voluntary Time)
2012 - 2013

Report published Sept 2013

The aim of the research was to provide a better understanding of the
sexual exploitation of Asian / Muslim children and young women whose experiences have been largely hidden and hence unknown so that tailored interventions and prevention measures can be developed and implemented. The report of launched at the House on Commons on 10th September 2013 and was supported by Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, Sadiq Khan MP and Deputy Children's Commissioner Sue Berelowitz.  The report resulted in a local awareness raising campaign in Birmingham and a national campaign with events held in Rotherham, Bradford, Blackburn, Newscastle, Nottingham and London. A booklet with key information and a case study video was also produced.

Read full report here


Musawah's Global Life Stories Project

January 2011 to December 2013

Musawah's Global Life Stories Project, part of the Knowledge Building Initiatve on Qiwamah and Wilayah, is a participatory research project to document and analyse women's and men's life stories in relation to qiwamah (guardianship) and wilayah (male authority). The project documented the lifes stories of Muslim women in ten countries (Bangladesh, Canada, Egypt, Gambia, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Philippines and the United Kingdom) over a period of three years (January 2011 through December 2013).  Muslim Women's Network UK carried out this research in the UK and it was conducted by Trustee Mussurut Zia.

The report can be found here.


Muslim Women: Political and Civic Engagement in the UK

(In partnership with University of Warwick & ESRC)
2010 - 2011

Report published in July 2011
The aim of the research was to find out how Muslim women can be
encouraged and supported to increase their  civic engagement and influence policies and decisions affecting their lives and their communities.  The report was formally submitted to the government's consultation on 'Strengthening Women's Voices in Govenment.'

Read full report here


She Who Disputes - Muslim Women Shape the Debate

(In Partnership with the Women's National Commission)
2005 - 2006

Report Published in 2006

One of our first activities MWNUK carried out (with the collaboration of the Women's National Commission) to carry out a 'National Listening Exercise' to ask Muslim women about their needs.  We visited five cities in 2005, which included: Leicester, Birmingham, London, Manchester and Bradford.  More than 200 Muslim women participated in workshops. This analysis remains the main inspiration for our ongoing work.

Read our full report here.


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