Posts Tagged: Women’s rights

‘The rain begins with a single drop’ – Does the end of the driving ban mark a shift in consciousness for Saudi Arabia?

Last week, King Salman announced through royal decree that the long-standing ban prohibiting women from driving in Saudi Arabia will be lifted by 24th June 2018. Saudi Arabia is currently the only country in the world where women cannot legally drive; a law which has received widespread condemnation and has become a signifier across the globe of the …

Meet Sarla!

“Before I had no confidence to write English but now I write WhatsApp [messages] and I’m trying to use the computer as well.” This month JAN Trust would like to introduce you to Sarla. Read her profile below: Name: Sarla Country of origin: India Ethnicity: Indian Sarla arrived in the UK in 1975 with her father-in-law from Gujrat, …

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 …

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 …