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Welcome to the latest news, views and updates from MEWSo

August, 2020
Heartfelt thanks from MEWSo's founder Halaleh Taheri; our new LBTQ+ workshop is up and running; Halaleh gives interviews about our LBTQ+ Matters campaign and on social leadership; there is a report by HealthWatch Central West
London on the state of health and social services for BAME communities; our Befriending services for isolated women has made a great start; and find out more about 'period poverty' and how you can help fight it.
Newsletter written and edited by Audrey Thompson, Communications Coordinator

Thank you, All

A message from Halaleh Taheri, founder and Executive Director of MEWSo.

Thank you so much for all the best wishes you showered on MEWSo for our 10 Year Anniversary and for making our first live broadcast on YouTube such a success.
I was so pleased and grateful to have been able to share our celebrations ... Read on

Fighting for LBTQ+ Women

Read the interview of Haleleh Taheri by Islington Giving talking about MEWSo's campaign to fight LBTQ+ discrimination, protect women's human rights and empower LBTQ+ women to get out into the sun and lead full and meaningful lives. 
 

New Rainbow Workshop

MEWSo's new workshop for LBTQ+ women is already proving to be a much-needed service within the community.

Sponsored by the Tampon Tax Community Fund, the workshop provides a safe space online where women can think and be together creatively. They can talk about their lives openly and use the creative arts to express themselves.
The next workshop is Tuesdays 4 August at 7pm.

For more information contact Sodabeh on 07579 801 365 or email: sodabeh.gashtasebi@mewso.org. She speaks English and Farsi.

Read more about MEWSo's campaign, LBTQ+ Matters.

Health & BAME communities

As MEWSo is a member of the BME Health Forum, we're happy to distribute a report from HealthWatch Central West London, in partnership with the Forum, looking into local health services and the needs of Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people.

Clore Social Leadership

As part of a series of articles looking at the different aspects of leadership in the women and girls sector, journalist Maddy Costa interviews MEWSo's Halaleh Taheri about the charity's response to the Covid 19 pandemic.
"I have experienced two revolutions in my private life and more than 18 years of war in the Middle East. I knew how to deal with the crisis situation," says Halaleh.

Read the rest of this piece or download the full article by clicking the image.

Befriending Proving Very Worthwhile

MEWSo attracted many volunteers with our 'Volunteers Needed' campaigns and several are now befriending isolated women whose situations got worse during the pandemic. 

We now have a great team of Befrienders who speak different languages, including Farsi, Arabic, Turkish,
Kurdish and Hindi and, of course, they all speak English, too, so they are better able to connect with the mostly elderly women.

If you know of any woman, whatever her age, who feels isolated or cut off from the rest of society, or if you or a friend would like to become a Befriender to isolated women in London, please email: office@mewso.org or call: 07579 801 366. Thank you.

'Period Poverty'

Around the world, including here in the UK, poverty, misconceptions and cultural traditions continue to harm women and girls when it comes to their periods. Many can't afford to buy sanitary wear, have
no access to private, safe, and clean toilets, and age-old superstition, stigma and religious dogma about menstruation make women and girls feel shame.

MEWSo is lending its support to Yoppie as it shares an educational guide about period poverty, understanding the myths and taboos around menstruation, and ways to address, educate, and empower girls and women against period poverty. Find out more and what you can do to help the fight.
 
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