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Forced Marriage Survey and the Law

Forced Marriage Survey and the Law

We conducted a survey in a bustling high street in central London on the 7th July to gauge public opinion on forced marriages and the new law criminalising forced marriages via the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime & Policing Act 2014. 85% of participants had an idea of what a forced marriage was and what it entails. This …

Strength in unity

Helen Keller once said, ‘alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.’  Indeed, to make the greatest possible difference in society, organisations must ensure that they are collaborating, not just through formal agreements, but in everyday life and practice.  It makes perfect sense, as in all aspects of a market economy, …

New forced marriage legislation is not the answer

Forcing someone to marry is now illegal in England and Wales leaving perpetrators who coerce victims into marriage facing up to 7 years in prison.  Although David Cameron argues that ‘forced marriage is abhorrent and little more than slavery… to force anyone into marriage against their will is simply wrong and that is why we …

Women torture victims detained in the UK

Attitudes towards asylum seekers and refugees have long been hardening across the UK and Europe more widely.  In a climate of financial insecurity and social unrest, anti-immigration parties have been gaining popular support which has stiffened the resolve of mainstream politicians to tough talk on immigration.  Yet, lost behind alarmist posters telling voters 26 million foreigners want …

Police Response To Domestic Abuse Cases

Late last month the HMIC released a report surrounding the issue of domestic violence and the ways in which police forces within the UK deal with such abuse cases.  The results of the report were shocking, revealing that ‘35 of 43 forces in England and Wales were providing a substandard service’ to women who dial …

Women and Mental Health Services

Mental health refers to our psychological state and it affects the way we think, feel and behave – it is therefore extremely valuable.  Our mental health is always changing and there are times when we all can feel down or anxious however, for others, these feelings can last much longer and develop into an even …

JAN Trust founder Rafaat Mughal awarded OBE

JAN Trust founder Rafaat Mughal awarded OBE

Our Founder, Rafaat Mughal, was awarded with her OBE at the Investiture held at Buckingham Palace for her work supporting disadvantaged women. She was given her award by Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge. She has worked tirelessly for over 25 years to support and assist these vulnerable women and we are immensely proud of her! …

Women, Islam and Support Services

During the past few weeks I have heard some shocking stories about a few women from the Muslim community who are encountering different forms of domestic, violent and sexual abuse.  When I have told those in touch with these women to encourage them to seek advice and help from non-profit organisations and also the police …

Congratulations to our founder Rafaat Mughal on her OBE!

Congratulations to our founder Rafaat Mughal on her OBE!

Rafaat has spent her entire life dedicated to the cause of empowering and educating women from BAMER (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee) and disadvantaged backgrounds. In 1989, after an already distinguished and varied career as a teacher, presenter, researcher and politician, Rafaat founded JAN Trust to provide education and support to grassroots disadvantaged women. …

We do not have to be a monolith to get along

The idea that we as human beings must reject our differences and solely focus on that which makes us similar is one that is becoming increasingly common today. Although it may sound like a very nice idea and good in theory, it carries many underlying problems. When we tell a person that they should not …