MEWSo aims to defend and protect women from violence both at home and in the wider community
MEWSo at London New Year's Day Parade 2019
The first day of the year started with quite a bang, as thousands of people gathered in central London to watch the annual New Year’s Day Parade and MEWSo was there representing Westminster borough. Westminster Adult Education Service (WAES) won the borough bid for Westminster to be part of the London New Year’s Day Parade 2019. MEWSo was asked by WAES to represent the different nationalities and cultures that can be found in Westminster with the world in a suitcase theme.
It was an extremely cold morning and some of our amazing and dedicated women got up early to be with us and represent Westminster's diversity. The clothes worn were made and donated to MEWSo for the day by a talented MEWSo volunteer, Molouk Vakili. The clothes are in the styles of traditional Middle Eastern dress including Kurdish and Iranian styles.
"The most revolutionary thing one can do is always to proclaim loudly what is happening." Rosa Luxemburg: 5 March 1871 – 15 January 1919
19th January 2019 was the centenary anniversary of Rosa Luxemburg's brutal death by proto-Nazi's in Berlin. She was a Jewish Polish-born German Marxist theorist, philosopher, economist, anti-war activist, and revolutionary socialist. Rosa Luxemburg is a model for feminists of all times in her passionate commitment both to understanding the nature of our oppressive system — and most important, to changing it — and for pursuing her own political and personal life without concern for what women were and were not supposed to do.
MEWSo staff and volunteers got together to celebrate Christmas and the end of a fantastic year at MEWSo!
Start Date: Every Wednesday Time: 10:00am-12:00pm Location: Penfold Community Hub, Westminster
Refreshments and childcare provided
Advice and Guidance
One-to-one sessions by appointment
Available Monday - Friday 10am-4pm Location: Durham Road Resource Centre, Finsbury Park Languages: Farsi, Kurdish, Arabic and English
One-to-one sessions by appointment
Available Wednesday 10am-4pm Location: Church Street Neighbourhood Centre, Cherwell House, Penfold Street NW8 8PT Languages: Farsi and English
Every Monday Time: 10:00am-1:00pm Location: Wood Green Library, Haringey Languages: English, Farsi and Kurdish Activities: Social club with a variety of activities specified by service users
Every Saturday Time: 10:00am-1:00pm Location: Durham Road Resource Centre, Finsbury Park Languages: English, Farsi, Kurdish and Arabic Activities: Social club with a variety of activities specified by service users
Time: 10:00am-1:00pm Location: Edmonton Green Shopping Centre, Enfield Languages: English, Farsi, Kurdish and Arabic Activities: Social club with a variety of activities specified by service users
Every Monday Time: 10am - 12pm Location: Penfold Community Hub, Westminster Activities: Increase core strength, flexibility and a calm mind so the body is brought into balance.
Refreshments and childcare provided
Every Thursday Time: 10am - 12pm Locations: Finsbury Park Community Rooms, Islington Activities: Mat and chair based Pilates for beginner and ability to speak to an advisor on health related issues Languages: Farsi, Arabic and English
Healthy Eating Workshop
Date: Wednesday 30th January Time: 11:30am - 2:30pm Location: Hilldrop Community Centre, Islington Languages: Arabic and English Activities: Introduction in how to use limited ingredients to cook healthy meals. Participants will be involved in making hummus and other foods. Lunch and childcare provided
Introduction to Yoga
Date: Thursday 28th February Time: 11am - 2pm Location: Hilldrop Community Centre, Islington Languages: Arabic and English Activities: Introduction to mat based Yoga including some meditation. Lunch and childcare provided
All our services are free however you must book to secure a place.
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We also offer weekly befriending and one-to-one English Language sessions with a volunteer. If you would like support learning English or just want a friendly person to chat to please contact us.
MEWSo celebrated its Annual General Meeting with its dedicated team of management committee members, staff and volunteers as well as welcoming two new management committee members!
MEWSo Exercise Instructor: Hanan Hadeed
My name is Hanan, I've been a movement and wellbeing coach since 2011 and I'm fascinated by the capacity within each one of us to heal and empower herself. I've experienced this personally having healed from a long list of chronic conditions including: severe back pain/several herniated discs, asthma, eczema, and digestive issues.
In my work with MEWSO I deliver workshops where I share tools & techniques for realising this knowledge for yourself - enabling you to become more connected and in tune with your body-mind-spirit, so that (whether it is health related or otherwise) you can make the best choices at any given point in time. This is not an encouragement to self-diagnose and definitely not one to self-medicate. Especially in cases of any serious conditions, one is always encouraged to see her medical GP first and to follow conventional medical advice. However, as many conditions nowadays are lifestyle related, this approach is about learning the tools needed to understand the body-mind, and to assist it in the daily process of healing itself- alongside any conventional medical advice you may be following.
My ultimate wish is to help others enjoy life more, with more energy, less pain, and overall better health. Our sessions at MEWSO prioritise gentle movement, breathing, and meditation methods aimed at restoring the body's balance and energising its own capacity to heal. Most of these tools are sourced from eastern wisdoms traditions such as yoga, tai chi, and Qigong, but also from more recent European methods such as Feldenkrais and Pilates.
It is an honour for me to be offering this to other women through the supportive sisterhood that is MEWSO.
Leading the Movement: Women, Power, Change 2019
On January 28th 2019, Halaleh Taheri, Executive Director of MEWSo, attended the 'Leading the Movement: Women, Power, Change 2019' hosted by Clore Social Leadership and the Social Change Agency. It was a hopeful and ambitious all-day conference to develop and share vital skills for building power and establish a shared vision for the future of the feminist movement.
This groundbreaking women’s leadership conference brought together established and emerging feminist leaders from Clore’s Social Leadership’s Women and Girls Programme with new allies and leading figures in the women’s movement.
Leading the Movement: Women, Power, Change 2019 was a powerful step towards building a movement that offers hope to all women and girls, the courage to challenge the status quo and the power to change the world.
'I am one of the lucky ones': Rahaf al-Qunun vows to defend women's rights
The Saudi teenager, who drew international headlines after fleeing an abusive family situation, landed in Toronto over the weekend after the Canadian government accepted the United Nations' request to grant her asylum and fast-tracked her resettlement.
In her first public statement since arriving in Canada, the 18-year-old thanked her supporters on Tuesday while acknowledging that many Saudi women may not be as lucky.
2018 saw the downfall of a series of famous men in the face of allegations of sexual harassment. The issue has never received so much media attention, but the debate about what is and isn't appropriate in the workplace continues. A hand on someone's back, complimenting their fragrance - is this a colleague being friendly, or are they crossing a line? What constitutes sexual harassment?
Since the country's 2011 protests sparked the Arab Spring, Tunisia has been the country most willing to publicly engage with the issue of women's rights. Now, with the President leading the way, Tunisia's Sharia based inheritance laws, under which women are only entitled to half of what men receive, are being challenged. But, there is fierce resistance from Tunisia's conservative religious community. They've been blocking reform efforts for more than 30 years. Nada Issa finds out if the time has finally come for Tunisia's women to get their fair share.
Distinguished war reporter Kate Adie examines the impact of women's work on the Home Front during the First World War.
Innovations included the first women's police force, women's football and female surgeons operating on men. Adie argues that what truly mattered though was whether these changes in women's lives were long-lasting or viewed as 'only for the duration'.
6th February - International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation
Female genital mutilation (FGM) comprises all procedures that involve altering or injuring the female genitalia for non-medical reasons and is recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women.
11th February - International Day of Women and Girls in Science
Science and gender equality are both vital for the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals. Over the past 15 years, the global community has made a lot of effort in inspiring and engaging women and girls in science. Unfortunately, women and girls continued to be excluded from participating fully in science.
20th February - World Day of Social Justice
Social justice is an underlying principle for peaceful and prosperous coexistence within and among nations. We uphold the principles of social justice when we promote gender equality or the rights of indigenous peoples and migrants. We advance social justice when we remove barriers that people face because of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability.
1st March - Zero Discrimination Day
No one should ever be discriminated against because of their age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, race, ethnicity, language, health (including HIV) status, geographical location, economic status or migrant status, or for any other reason. Unfortunately, however, discrimination continues to undermine efforts to achieve a more just and equitable world. Many people face discrimination every day based on who they are or what they do.
8th March - International Women's Day
International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.
21st March - International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
Promoting tolerance, inclusion, unity and respect for diversity in the context of combating racial discrimination.
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