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

Welcome to the latest news from MEWSo
April 2020
Find out how we've altered our services to make sure we can still be here for you. Read a special message from MEWSo's founder and executive director. Sign up to our new online services to keep your spirits up, and join our campaigns on protecting migrant women and the
rights of LGBT+ women. Keep up-to-date with the latest Government information on Coronavirus and how to keep yourselves safe. Finally, sending our warmest thanks to all those who have made all our work possible.
Newsletter edited by Audrey Thompson, Communications Coordinator  

We Are Still Here For You

MEWSo is still open and here to support you. Our top priority remains to help the most vulnerable women in our society.

Our welfare and domestic abuse advice is now carried out over the telephone and we have moved our exercise and mindfulness sessions online (see below). For more information on MEWSo's advice sessions, click: We Are Still Here For You
A Message from Halaleh Taheri,
Founder and Executive Director of MEWSo
"Life after Coronavirus looks very uncertain and often times troubling. The pandemic has exposed the cracks in our welfare system. As it kills our nurses, doctors, transport and other frontline service providers, our Government is showing its favouritism for protecting businesses more than the lives of ordinary people.
"Life after COVID-19 could be dangerous for our most vulnerable members of society, both financially and physically. MEWSo will continue to fight for and protect our communities, making sure to provide for the needs of regular people to the best of our ability.

"It’s important to stand in solidarity during such uncertain times. MEWSo stands with human rights campaigners and environmentalists who are needed now more than ever. More importantly, MEWSo hopes we can all take this time to revaluate our lifestyles and start to live happier, healthier lives both as individuals and as a society, so that we can come back stronger than before."

Halaleh Taheri

Some MEWSo sessions are now available online. Sign up now! 

Zumba, Zumba

There's no reason to miss out on your usual Zumba sessions. MEWSo now has them online using the conference call app 'Zoom'.

If you don't have Zoom on your computer or smartphone, MEWSo facilitators can help talk you through setting it up. Classes are every Wednesday, 10.30am until 12noon and it includes a bit of yoga, too. If you have children, they are welcome to join in. It might help use up some of their excess energy. So sign up now and Zoom, Zoom, Zumba away. 

Healthy MInds

Our Mindfulness sessions are also online using the Zoom app. With all the dire news out there, the drastic changes in our lifestyles and with no end in sight yet, we all need to steady our thoughts and take good care of our mental health.

The online classes are Monday's from 11am to 12.30pm. You can sign up for either or both of these wellbeing sessions by emailing: office@mewso.org or calling 07579 801 366.
Don't forget, keep an eye open for new and interesting MEWSo services coming online soon.

MEWSo Continues to Campaign for the Rights of those At Risk and the Persecuted. Join Us in Our Fight

Coming Together

MEWSo rejects every form of discrimination, inequality and exclusion, and that includes discrimination against LGBT+ women.

MEWSo's Executive Director Halaleh Taheri, said: "In our communities, LGBT+ people are forbidden by their religion and customs, especially by Islam as the largest of the religions, so these people are very vulnerable.
"We are against such backward and discriminatory attitudes, so MEWSo continues to make space for LGBT+ women to feel safe, empowered and able to speak out."

Read more of Halaleh's comments and about MEWSo's LGBT+ Matters campaign.

Human Rights Means More than Immigration Status

At present, 60% of police forces routinely share victims’ immigration details with the Home Office. The result is that migrant women do not trust the police, and their abusers can threaten them with deportation if they try to get help.

92% of migrant women victims say they have been threatened like this, while others have had their passports hidden or prevented from applying to the Home Office to resolve their insecure status themselves. 
The Domestic Abuse Bill currently going through Parliament, designed to protect victims and punish perpetrators, does not go far enough to protect migrant women. 

MEWSo’s Executive Director Halaleh Taheri, said: “We want to make absolutely sure that any law on Domestic Abuse clearly protects migrant women, encouraging them to report abusers without fear of being deported. 

Read about the SUMW Campaign, the coalition standing up for migrant women, and see how you can lend your support.

Follow Government Advice: Stay Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives

MEWSo urges you to follow Government advice:

  • Practise social distancing, staying two metres away from anyone who is not currently living in your household;
  • Wash your hands regularly and for as long as it takes to sing Happy Birthday twice;
  • When you can't wash your hands use hand sanitising gel;
  • And, don't touch your face without throughly washing your hands first.

A Big Thank You to Our Sponsors

We would like to take this opportunity to warmly thank the organisations, agencies and authorities who have shown their faith in MEWSo during this difficult time. Your continued support helps us continue to protect some of the most vulnerable women in our communities. We would not have been able to provide vital advice sessions, classes and workshops over the telephone or online without you. Thank you.
Please give whatever you can, big or small. It all helps.
Donate

And Thanks Too ... 

... to our volunteers, our staff and our trustees for all the extra work they have put in recently to ensure MEWSo continues to support those feeling lonely, distressed and in need of a bit more contact and reassurance than usual.

If you'd like to volunteer and make a real difference in the community, contact MEWSo now. Thank you.

Tell Us Your Story

If you would like to write an article, share a personal experience, give feedback on a MEWSo service or advertise your organisation in next month's MEWSletter, please contact Audrey Thompson, MEWSo Communications Coordinator, at: audrey.thompon@mewso.org.

Thank you.

The Middle Eastern Women and Society Organisation supports Middle Eastern, North African and Asian women in London to rebuild their lives. We reject every form of discrimination, inequality, and exclusion and aspire to a society where every woman lives in safety with equal opportunities. We hope for a society in which diversity is considered an element of strength and not of division. MEWSo is built on the values of secularism, solidarity and social justice.

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