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JAN Trust’s vital work

The summer period is always a time for evaluation at JAN Trust. It is indeed at this time of the year that we look back to our successful programmes and, at the same time, we plan new activities for the incoming season, always driven by our strong passion to empower disadvantaged and marginalised women in …

Forced Marriage: what you need to know

When I first heard the words ‘forced marriage’ I thought this was an extraneous issue in our time, like a myth or a legend, an old tradition practiced in some ancient society. The reality I faced afterwards was far different. Forced marriages are neither fiction nor old. They are real and they are still deeply …

Somalia Government to introduce anti FGM Law

It was with a great pleasure and surprise that few days ago we read about the announcement from the Somali Government to introduce a new law banning FGM in the country. Speaking at a conference in Mogadishu, Sahra Mohamed Ali Samatar, Ministry of Women Affairs, said: “time has come to eradicate this bad practice and …

JAN Trust shortlisted for the National Diversity Awards 2015

JAN Trust shortlisted for the National Diversity Awards 2015

JAN Trust is delighted to have been shortlisted for The National Diversity Award 2015 in the category ‘Community Organisation for Gender’. This prestigious honour celebrates the achievement of grass-root communities’ organisations in their work to tackle the issues in today’s society. The results will be announced during a black tie event held at the Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral …

Educating against extremism

New figures released by UK counter-terror police make the first official counts of British women and girls believed to be in the warzone and contribute to raising concerns amongst families and communities in the UK about extremism. According to these figures, 43 UK women and girls are believed to have fled to Syria in the …

Ending Forced Marriage: One Step Closer

This month marked an important milestone for the global campaign against forced marriage. On Thursday 2nd July the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution promoted by more than 85 countries, calling for an end of child, early and forced marriage and recognizing it as a violation of human rights.  Amongst the signatory countries there are many …

7/7 – The Day that shook Britain

By Sajda Mughal OBE, survivor from the Piccadilly tube bombing and Director of JAN Trust. A decade has now nearly passed since 7th July 2005 when four bombs were detonated in rush hour on the tubes and a bus in central London killing 52 innocent civilians and injuring more than 700. The tragedy I went through …

Our Missing Girls

It is becoming increasingly evident that, in the words of the former Conservative party chair, Lady Warsi, Britain is“fighting an ever-losing battle” to prevent extremists from radicalising people online. While police are trying urgently to locate missing Shamima Begum, 15, Kadiza Sultana, 16, and Amira Abase, 15, who have believed to have crossed the border …

Online Hate and the See It Report It initiative

The recent tragic burning alive of 26 year old Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasesbeh sent shockwaves around the globe.  The video, released by ISIS on the 3rd of February 2015, depicts one of the terrorist group’s most barbaric and heinous crimes yet and is a further example of the group’s warped ideology.  Our thoughts are with Muath’s …

JAN Trust Director awarded OBE!

JAN Trust Director awarded OBE!

Congratulations to our Director, Sajda Mughal, on being recognised with an OBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours list 2015! Ms Mughal came on board to the charity following her experience of suffering terrorism in the 7th July 2005 London bombings where she narrowly escaped being seriously injured or killed. Since then, she has worked tirelessly …