MEWSo aims to defend and protect women from violence both at home and in the wider community

Welcome to news, views & updates from Mewso

September 2020
Written & compiled by Communications Coordinator, Audrey Thompson

We've Won An Award!

MEWSo has won a prestigious Education and Training award from Corporate Vision, a digital platform that supports and guides better business practices. 

The award was for Best Women's Empowerment Education & Training NPO (Non-Profit Organisation), London.

Founder & Executive Director of MEWSo, Halaleh Taheri, warmly thanked Corporate
Vision and added: "We are so grateful that our continued hard work to educate and train women to live their best lives has not gone unnoticed. We plan to keep on getting bigger and better at it, so thank you Corporate Vision for your recognition and encouragement."

We Need Contact Tracing Now

MEWSo, in partnership with the BME Health Forum & Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, is supporting Westminster Council's local Contact Tracing Scheme to help limit the spread of Covid-19.
As there are no functioning apps or vaccines to combat the virus yet, contact and trace schemes appear to be the best way forward to ensure people who may be infectious but don't have symptoms, self-isolate and don't pass the virus on to others. Find out exactly what contact tracing involves and help stop the spread of Covid-19.

Safe & Legal Routes Needed

MEWSo is one of 100 organisations demanding safe and legal routes for people crossing the channel in dangerous, over crowded boats. The demand, in a letter, has been sent to the Home Secretary Priti Patel.
As people seeking protection in the UK can only do so once on UK soil, it forces many to take life-threatening risks. What is needed, say the 100, which includes Windrush survivors, are more compassionate legal means made available so that refugee journeys can be made more safely. Read the letter in full.

Campaign News

Taboo But Still Growing

The taboo practise of polygamy was the latest subject of blog (maga)zine, The Rising Womxn. Interviewing Executive Director Halaleh Taheri about MEWSo's Polygamy Matters campaign, writer Emily Stephens explores the very real dangers to women in polygamous relationships,
to the point where many women are not even told they're entering a polygamous relationship, they only find out once they're stuck in it. Read more.

A Stitch Too Far

Continuing to spread the word about MEWSo's anti hymenoplasty campaign, Hymenoplasty Matters, read Halaleh's latest interview with online (maga)zine, Dazed Beauty, discussing the pain and politics of restitching the hymen. Read this article and others on MEWSo's publications page.

Classes & Activities

English Classes Now On

MEWSo is now offering an English Conversation Class to any clients wishing to improve their language skills.

Speaking better English will help you talk to people outside your community, talk to officials, socialise and generally integrate more with the society around you. It's a vital, international skill to have, so come learn and practise with us. 

Every Thursday 11am-1pm. Call: 07579 801 366 or email:

Art Classes Without the Kids!

Goodbye to all the children that took part in the special art classes we laid on for them this summer, now that they're back at school and out from under mum's feet. 

But ladies, the art classes are still running for you, especially now that you've got more time to yourself to explore your creative side.

Every Tuesday, 11am-1pm. Call: 07579 801 366 or email:

On The Look Out For ...

Always looking for volunteers

At MEWSo, we're always looking for new volunteers. So don't be shy. If you've ever wanted to give something back, bask in the glow of helping a person in need, do something useful with your spare time, and learn new "soft" skills that are always useful on a CV, at work or in a social setting, then please do contact us.

Call: 07579 801 366 or email:

LBTQ+ women: We Are Here!

If you're an LBTQ+ woman living in a community where you feel scared to show your true self, or where you're out and proud but want to socialise with more women like you, MEWSo is here for you. Join our regular LBTQ+ workshop for friendly chats, a way to express yourself artistically, information and whatever else you need.

Call: 07579 801 365 or email:
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