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

The Latest News from MEWSo
March 2021

Campaign News

#BanVirginityTests Conference

Friday 30 April is the date of MEWSo's conference, #BanVirginityTests. Advocates, partner organisations and supporters will discuss the issue and how best to take it forward.

MEWSo's Executive Director, Halaleh Taheri, said: "This is an opportunity to show Government the amount of support a ban like this has. But most importantly, to show them the need to properly educate young people and the community so that virginity tests don't get driven underground."
Look out for more conference information in our next newsletter and please lend us your support by signing and sharing our petition #BanVirginityTests.

Thank you.

Domestic Abuse Bill

Powerful testimonies from migrant women about their experiences with domestic abuse were submitted to Government when it reviewed amendments to its Domestic Abuse Bill, but once again, they were ignored.

The submission, which included client testimony from MEWSo, was prepared by the Step Up Migrant Women (SUMW) coalition, of which MEWSo is one of 50 members.
It was another attempt by SUMW to get "protection for all" enshrined in law regardless of ones immigration status.

The Bill is seen as a once-in-a-generation opportunity to tackle these crimes that affect more than two million people in the UK. Migrant women are refused a safe haven in refuges because they have no access to public funds, and they are scared to report the abuse to the police for fear of being detained or deported.

Join the SUMW campaign to help keep up the pressure for change. It's never too late.

Bigger, Better, Stronger

MEWSo has joined forces with The Five Foundation, a global partnership to end FGM, who have expressed a keen interest in our anti Polygamy campaign. Central to the partnership is: mutual respect, strength in unity, sharing opportunities to promote all our causes, and openness and transparency.

The organisation, founded by leading survivor activist, Nimco Ali, OBE, is about stopping Female Genital Mutilation, which affects over 200 million women and girls around the world, and FGM is very closely connected to polygamy and virginity test issues, too. 

Halaleh Taheri, said: "All of these things are connected. It's about society's control of women and girls' bodies and they all need to be stamped out. We have to work together."

Event News

MEWSo's Arts Festival A Fantastic Success

More than 800 people tuned into MEWSo's YouTube channel to watch our Arts Festival live, and the video has been viewed many more times since. 

We would like to say a very big thank you to all the artists, singers, musicians and performers who took part and shared their talent and their artwork with us. And thank you, too, to Westminster City Council who helped fund the event. You never know, the festival could become an annual event, showcasing new works and more talented women!

In case you missed it, you can now watch the festival at your leisure. And, let's hope after lockdown we can have festivals like this in person, as well as share them live online.

Services Updates

MEWSo Workshops

Find out about all the classes and workshops we are currently running by clicking the link to our full time table. There are exercise and wellbeing classes and workshops for learning new skills. If the information you want isn't there or you'd like to make suggestions of workshops you'd like to see in the future, please email: office@mewso.org.

Wanted

New Trustees

We have had a truly great response to our call out for new trustees, but we are still on the look out for passionate and skilled women to help us grow and get better.

You may have lived-experiences of one or more of the campaign issues we support; have an ethnic minority background; or even be a former MEWSo service user.
All are welcome.
We'd love you to share your skills and wisdom with us. Find out more.

Let's Celebrate

LGBTQ+ History Month

Well done to all those who were able to celebrate LGBTQ+ History Month this February, despite the lockdown.
This has become an incredibly important month to teach people, young and old, about all those men and women who suffered and were pilloried throughout history, and continue to be so, because of their sexual orientation. But also to teach people about those who triumphed and the progress that continues to be made. #LGBTHM21

Don't Forget International Women's Day

Monday 8 March is #IWD2021 and this year's theme is "Let's all choose to challenge".

As the campaign says, we are all responsible for our own thoughts and our own actions - all day, every day. So let's all raise a hand in unity and challenge gender bias and women's inequality in whichever way we can.

#ChooseToChallenge
Written by Audrey Thompson, Communications Coordinator
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