|Organisation||Muslim Women's Network UK|
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Forced Marriage and FGM Awareness Raising in Schools
As part of MWNUK's ongoing commitment to raising awareness of issues affecting Muslim women in schools, these training sessions took place: On the 13 January, Project Managers Shahin Ashraf and Nadia Ilyas delivered workshops on Female Genital Mutilation and Forced Marriage with years 7/8 and year 11’s at an Independent Girl's School in Birmingham. On the 16 January, Shahin Ashraf conducted an advocacy workshop to help capacity build Year 11 FGM Champions at St. Albans Academy in Birmingham. The group’s 1st task was to launch a school wide competition to design a logo for the upcoming ‘Summit on FGM’ event
Violence Against Women and Girls -
As part of MWNUK's ongoing awareness raising on issues affecting Muslim women, MWNUK have delivered a number of workshops in partnership with Small Heath Community Forum in Birmingham. Topics includes domestic violence, forced marriage, honour based violence, child sexual exploitation and child sexual abuse in the family environment.These are being delivered to women's groups, colleges and schools etc. A ground breaking workshop was also delivered to black cab taxi drivers in Birmingham on the issue of CSE and grooming, and how taxi drivers can play a part in tackling the issue.
FGM Awareness Raising to School Staff -
National Coordinator Shahin Ashraf delivered training on the issue of Female Genital Mutilation to staff at St. Albans Academy, Birmingham . Training included; defining FGM, statutory guidelines, recognising the signs of abuse, process of disclosure etc.
FGM Awareness Raising in Schools
MWNUK Chair, Shaista Gohir delivered a workshop to year 7 girls ( 11 to 12 year olds ) at a secondary school in Birmingham, on female genital mutilation (FGM). The presentation was modified to suit this age group. The discussion covered: different types; affects of FGM; prevalence; myth busting; what the law and faiths say; how to raise concerns.
MWNUK Chair, Shaista Gohir delivered a workshop to year 10s ( 14 to 15 year olds ) at a secondary school in Birmingham. Girls were informed about different types civic participation such as voting; engaging with decision making and getting involved in various types of voluntary roles. The girls also discussed what makes a good role model and who their roles models were.
Mental Health Awareness Raising Workshop
Our board member, Dr Iram Sattar, held a mental health workshop in London for the Inclusive Mosque Initiative. The event was a success and feedback included gaining knowledge about the different types of mental health issues, the symptoms, stigma, treatment, and how to seek help. The session also touched upon 'jinn' possession.
Campaigning and Advocacy
A campaigning and Advocacy workshop was delivered by MWNUK Chair Shaista Gohir at the National Feminista Conference
Amplifying Youth Voices Workshop
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.
Safeguarding Muslim Children
MWNUK are a member of the NSPCC National Muslim Advisory Group that meet to provide input on safeguarding Muslim children. We were involved in helping shape the first national NSPCC conference on Safeguarding of Muslim children which was held in London and aimed at front line professionals working with Muslim communities. Shaista Gohir, Executive Director of MWNUK facilitated the workshop on ‘cultural practices that can amount to child abuse.’ We are continuing with our partnership working with the NSPCC and now exploring ways of raising awareness amongst Muslim communities of child sexual abuse.
In partnership with Parliamentary Outreach and the University of Warwick (and in part sponsored by Economic Social Research Council), a national workshop was held to help Muslim women to understand how parliament works and how they can influence decision making.
Forced Marriage Workshop for Frontline Professionals
We organized a national workshop in partnership with Practical Solutions and West Midlands Fire Service on forced marriage which was delivered to front line professionals.
Gender Islam and Advocacy
We conducted a 5 day training workshop in collaboration with international experts to empower Muslim women by exploring the principles of equality and justice. The workshop was held in Leicester and attended by women from around the UK.
|Categories||Employment, Education and Training|