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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, views and updates from MEWSo

June, 2020
This month, Mewso is in celebratory mood. It's our birthday and we'd love you to help us celebrate. View our new video, it would be great if you could give us a big old thumbs up and share it around. We're also looking for a Campaign Coordinator if you know of anyone who might be interested. We made friends with
another like-minded charity, the Richmond Fellowship, and held a joint workshop. We want to introduce you to our Welfare Advisor. We have our new Art & Crafts workshop up and running. And we're keen to celebrate Pride and stand together with the Black Lives Matter movement. Phew! what a month.
Newsletter written and edited by Audrey Thompson, Communications Coordinator

10th Anniversary

"MEWSo is 10 years old this year, and we are celebrating our birthday with a special event broadcast LIVE on Facebook and YouTube.

You are all invited to come and help us celebrate on FRIDAY 10 JULY, 3-6pm.
There will be special guest speakers, music, singers, an art exhibition, women telling their stories and all of you can add your comments, tell us of your experiences and enjoy all the fun and the chat of the occasion. See your invitation and come along. You are all very welcome.

I created MEWSo 10 years ago because I could see women like me, from communities like mine, who were struggling to make a better life for themselves here. Many of them felt isolated and excluded from their own communities, overlooked or ignored by wider society, and they needed help and support and lots of confidence. 
We take responsibility to protect women and girls from all kinds of oppression and abuse, and the corona virus pandemic has made things even worse. 

However, 10 years on, I want to celebrate that we are still here, that we are still needed and still empowering BAME women of all ages, from many different communities, all across London. Thank you for supporting us, funding us and standing by us. We hope you'll stick with us for another fabulous 10 years." 

Halaleh Taheri, MEWSo Founder and Executive Director

Girls on Film

To show everyone - clients, funders and supporters - that we are still here and open for business, we made a tiny video about MEWSo and what we have to offer. It was fun to make (mostly!), and it's only 1'15" so, please, take a look. We hope to make many more (getting better all the time) in the future so you can see just how BAME women can be empowered and uplifted with our help.
Those taking part are MEWSo staff and workshop facilitators.

Campaign Coordinator Wanted


MEWSo is looking to recruit a Campaign Coordinator to promote the charity.
The position is for 10hrs a week (flexible), at £12 an hour (£480 monthly), working in our Islington or Westminster offices (flexible) and occasionally working from home.
The role requires working closely with the Executive Director and our Communications Coordinator, and you will take the lead on all PR tasks, aiming to produce and coordinate MEWSo's campaign messages either on our website or in print; cultivate relationships with journalists and media companies; and other marketing and advertising related duties to boost the charity's profile and its work.
Click for more details and to download the full job description.

The Law Can Keep You Safe

MEWSo and the Richmond Fellowship, a women's organisation, held a joint workshop recently advising clients about the law and domestic violence and how best to protect yourself.

It was the first time these two charities have come together to share information and experiences with other clients.
Solicitor Nezha El Bassri explained how the law can help if you let it, and what not to do if you don't want it working against you. And our staff were on hand to translate and to speak on behalf of clients who found it difficult explaining themselves.

Nezha stayed online for some time answering the women's questions including those linked to their situations relating to housing and residency. 
The workshop was praised by those who took part as extremely useful. Look out for similar workshops on domestic violence and the law in the future.

If you, or someone you know, is experiencing domestic violence  and need advice, call our Senior Advisor on Domestic Abuse, Zahra Habri on 07421 145 528 or email zahra.habri@mewso.org. If you would like to share your expertise in this area with MEWSo, email: office@mewso.org or call 07958 145 666.
Over the coming months, MEWSo will introduce you to our dedicated staff and explain their work. This month we introduce you to Sodabeh ...

Sodabeh's Hidden Talents

Sodabeh Gashtasebi is MEWSo's Senior Advisor on Welfare handling all sorts of enquiries about housing and benefits and explaining the welfare system to women unfamiliar with how things work here.

But she was also once a professional artist and she runs MEWSo's arts and crafts workshops open to MEWSo's clients and their children. She is also the facilitator for our new LBTQ+ workshop due to start soon. Read on ...

New Artists in the Making

MEWSo is now running a new Art and Crafts Workshop for women keen to express themselves. It includes a designated hour for their children, too, so that they can get involved and use up some of their excess energy.
Both workshops, run by Sodabeh, take place every Tuesday morning with the children's hour from 10-11am and the women taking over from 11am-1pm. All the workshops take place on Zoom and when clients join they're given instructions on what to have ready or prepared ahead of time so that they can jump straight in and get drawing / painting / and crafting away. 

Take a look at some of the children's artwork below and see more of the theirs and the women's work, too. 
MEWSo campaigns on behalf of LBTQ+ women combating abuse and discrimination and fighting for equality and justice. We are proud to celebrate Pride. 

Be Proud & Celebrate Pride

This month, celebrate Pride when the LGBTQ+ community invites everyone to commemorate with them the Stonewall riots, which happened in New York at the end of June 1969. The event sparked a world-wide movement for recognition and started the fightback against homophobic abuse and discrimination.

More importantly, the month is a chance to celebrate and recognise the massive impact LGBTQ+ people have had all over the world, historically and present day. View the different categories of the UK's top 10 LGBT+ people making headway in 2020.

This year, because of the pandemic the usual Pride parade in London has been cancelled but the parade will go ahead in 2021.

If you're a woman, a member of the LBTQ+ community and you need support, contact Sodabeh on 07579 801 365 or email: sodabeh.gashbasebi@mewso.org. You can also contact the MEWSo office on 07579 801 366. Email: office@mewso.org.  

Black Lives Matter

"The Black Lives Matter movement is now global. MEWSo stands in the front line of the struggle against discrimination and inequality and we believe that equal rights for all, irrespective of sex, nationality, race, belief, employment, status, etc., must be declared as the inviolable, cardinal principle behind all laws in the UK.

For decades, black people, and by extension refugees and people of colour, have been attacked by racism while their governments turned a blind eye. Now, protests are shifting the tide; people together, everywhere, are in solidarity against racism in all its forms. Racism is under attack and this movement is just the beginning!"

Halaleh Taheri, MEWSo Founder and Executive Director

Class times go back to normal

Class start times have shifted a little in the last few weeks, but the end of Ramadan has seen them go back to 11am as usual.

It is an 11am start and a 12.30pm finish for both our Mindfulness, Breath Work and Meditation class that takes place every Monday, and for our Zumba class which takes place every Wednesday.

The perfect combination to improve your health and your overall wellbeing. 
If you would like to join these classes or any of our workshops, or you just want more information, email us at office@mewso.org or call 07579 801 366. We would also love to hear your feedback so we can continually improve our services. 
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