Posts Tagged: Violence Against Women

The fight against FGM

February 8th marked International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Two days prior, UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon told the Guardian “We can end FGM within a generation …” Significant progress has been made in the fight against FGM in the last decade. Recently, Somalia’s Prime Minister, Omar Sharmarke endorsed an online campaign initiated by Avaaz calling on …

Traumas of Forced Marriage

‘Muslim model, 24, is found hanged after fearing she was going to be forced into arranged marriage by her parents’  ‘The Hasidic woman … [who] killed herself suffered years of depression following her forced marriage to a first cousin’ These are just a few of the headlines from the media last month. The message is …

From community to community: the fight against FGM in the UK

October has been a month of discussions around Female Genital Mutilation after new statistics released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre highlighted the numbers of FGM reported cases in the UK. In fact, it has been researched that over 4,989 cases have been reported in England since last September 2014, 1,026 cases happened …

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 …

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 …

The Government must act NOW, by Sabbir Malik

A number of grassroots organisations campaigning to eliminate violence against women and girls such as JAN Trust voiced concerns at the Government’s approach to criminalise forced marriages. JAN Trust is at the forefront of raising awareness and undertaking advocacy work to end the practice of forced marriage; they work with victims and are the only …

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, 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 …