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

Domestic violence is a serious problem in the UK. Millions of women are suffering domestic abuse on a daily basis.The Office Of National Statistics latest figure of Domestic violence in 2018 show that 2.0 million adults aged 16 to 59 years experienced domestic abuse in the last year, 1.3 million of them were women. The number of domestic violence abuses in the UK has increased by 23% since the previous year. However domestic violence is very difficult to accurately quantify as it is a largely hidden crime where many women are too scared to report their case to the police.

 

On the 16th of July 2019 a bill to protect domestic violence abuse was introduced in to the UK parliament. This bill is the first legal definition of domestic abuse including economic abuse. This bill establishes protection and order for victims and survivors to feel safe. The programme is also supposed to prohibit victims from being cross-contaminated by their abusers in family courts. 

 

Although this bill is intended to protect and meet the needs of victims of domestic violence abuse it has been criticised that it fails to provide protection for migrant victims. The bill has not included specific solutions for migrant women. The Step Up For Migrant Women campaign have highlighted that until the government creates concrete legislative change for migrant survivors, these victims will not be able to report violence safely and access necessary services such as refuge accommodation.

 

Migrant women have previously been disbelieved and denied support from social services and police which is violating their duty towards caring for these victims. These victims should be treated the same regardless of their immigration status. This bill should protect the human rights obligations of these individuals. 

 

The Domestic Abuse Bill encourages women to report abuse while large council funding cuts have been made for BME refuges by 50% in London alone. These women therefore do not have the same support as non migrant women. This bill is suppose to ensure protection and safety to people that experience domestic abuse, if some women are not able to access this support than the bill automatically fails its purpose.


It is not enough for the government to review the support that is available for migrant women, the government needs to make amendments to the bill to ensure that all survivors can access a safe reporting system regardless of their race, ethnicity and nationality or imigration status. There also needs to be safe reporting services which protects women’s data being shared for immigration-enforcement purposes so that migrant women do not face being deported or detained.
When providing services for our women in the community, we often encounter cases of vulnerable women who had been under many forms of oppression for years. Their perpetrators have been using them as slaves and have threatened them to be deported if they report the abuse to the police. These women are not aware how or where to find support. The fear of being deported makes these women vulnerable and they therefore often stay in these horrible conditions. Every year we have women who seek our support and it has liberated them from the fear and the nightmare of deportation. They receive support through the hard process towards their independence to live a better life which they deserve like everyone else.


Middle Eastern Women and Society Organisation is a member of the coalition campaign 'Step Up Migrant Women' - A campaign launched by the Latin American Women's Right Service (LAWRs) group in November last year to demand a separation of immigration control and victims’ right to safety and protection.

      

Jasmin Eragi
Communication Administrator of MEWSo
 Editor of Mewsletter

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MEWSo Services
Current Services

 
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 Monday and Wednesday 10am-4pm
Location: Church Street Neighbourhood Centre, Cherwell House, Penfold Street NW8 8PT
Languages: Farsi and English

 
Olive Club
 
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
Refreshments provided

 
Olive Club
 
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
Refreshments provided
Children welcome!

 
Olive Club
 
Every Sunday
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
Refreshments provided


FINISHED PROJECTS
 
Pilates 
 
Thank you so much COMIC RELIEF for helping us make this project happen. It was a great 22 weeks we had with amazing ladies who joined us. We'll be seeing you all again next year!

Art and Exercise Therapy

Thank you Neighbourhood Keepers for the last 12 weeks of great sessions on arts and exercise. We are truly honoured to work with you in this community.

 
NEW PROJECTS


Massage Sessions
 

Every Wednesday
Time: 11:00am-1:00pm 
Location: Church Street, 
Neighbourhood Centre, 
Cherwell House
Penfold Street
NW8 8PT
Languages: English, Farsi and Kurdish

Special thanks to our funders:
Neighbourhood Keepers and Westminster Adult Education Service
 

All our services are free however you must book to secure a place.


Booking and further information contact:
Email: office@mewso.org
Phone: 07958145666



 








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.
Here are some lovely photos of our members taking part in our Art and Exercise Therapy Project!
As we have reached an end to this activity we would like to thank everyone that participated in making this activity so special and memorable. More fun activities will start this autumn. 
Iran: Cruel campaign to extract propaganda ‘confessions’ from protesters against compulsory veiling

Iran’s authorities are using incommunicado detention, prolonged solitary confinement and threats against family members in order to extract forced video “confessions” from women’s rights defenders detained for campaigning against the country’s discriminatory forced veiling (hijab) laws, said Amnesty International. 

The organization has identified a pattern of at least six such cases since April 2019. In one of them, a young women’s rights defender has been subjected to enforced disappearance defender from 2 to 13 July

“Threatened by the momentum behind a growing women’s rights movement against Iran’s forced veiling laws, the Iranian authorities are employing crude tactics to discredit activists campaigning against forced veiling, dissuade others from joining the movement and instil fear in society,” said Philip Luther, Research and Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International.

“These women should not even be detained in the first place. It is outrageous that they are now being tortured or otherwise ill-treated to compel their participation in state propaganda videos in which they ‘confess’ their ‘guilt’ and renounce the anti-forced veiling campaign. The authorities should release them immediately and unconditionally, drop all the charges against them and refrain from broadcasting their forced ‘confessions’ on state media outlets.”

Read more here, 
https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/07/iran-cruel-campaign-to-extract-propaganda-confessions-from-protesters-against-compulsory-veiling/

Some of our MEWSo members taking part in Westministers' Nature Keepers Festival




 
“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” 
― Charlotte Brontë,  Jane Eyre

 
Calendar Dates
1-7 August 2017 - World Breastfeeding Week
The World Breastfeeding Week is coordinated by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), a global network of individuals and organisations concerned with the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding worldwide based on the Innocenti Declarations, the Ten Links for Nurturing the Future and the WHO/UNICEF Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding.

19 August - World Humanitarian Day  
Every year on World Humanitarian Day, we shine a spotlight on the millions of civilians around the world those lives have been caught up in conflict. On this day we also take a moment to honour the brave health and aid workers who are targeted or obstructed as they set out to help people in need, and pay tribute to the government employees, members of civil society and representatives of international organizations and agencies who risk their lives to provide humanitarian aid and protection.

5 September - International Day of Charity 
The International Day of Charity was established with the objective of sensitizing and mobilizing people, NGOs, and stakeholders all around the world to to help others through volunteer and philanthropic activities.The date of 5 September was chosen in order to commemorate the anniversary of the passing away of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 "for work undertaken in the struggle to overcome poverty and distress, which also constitute a threat to peace."

 

We would like to thank Cordelia Mayfield for donating £442 to Middle East Women and Society Organisation (MEWSo) during her birthday celebration this month. 
Cordelia is the chair of MEWSo and have been involved in supporting us to provide our services to all our service users. Thank you Cordelia and more power to you!
This organisation is run by women in the communities who are mostly volunteers in giving their time and skills to provide services to vulnerable women and those who are victims of violence in the society. Please support us by donating to help us provide more support to the community. Thank you.
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