The Muslim Women’s Network has recently secured sufficient funding to allow it to operate as a fully independent organisation. It has also become a WNC partner in the process and we will continue to work together where appropriate, to improve the lives of Muslim women in the UK. One of the most significant achievements of the Muslim Women’s Network was the production of a major report on the views of Muslim Women.
'She Who Disputes - Muslim Women Shape the Debate'
Following the 2006 ‘Listening to Muslim Women’ events which took place in Manchester, Bradford, Leicester, Birmingham and London, the Muslim Women's Network (MWN) launched its report, She Who Disputes on 7 December 2006. She Who Disputes contains the direct words of over 200 Muslim women who participated in events. The women themselves set the agenda and spoke about a variety of issues, ranging from: the lack of voice and representation for Muslim women both within society as a whole and within their own communities; employment, education, the misinterpretation of Islam, violence against women and service provisions. Racism and Islamophobia was an overarching theme. Speaking at the launch, the then Secretary of State for Health, Rt. Hon. Patricia Hewitt, welcomed the report as a valuable insight into the views of Muslim women, and pledged to incorporate the health-related issues into NHS thinking:
“I think this report will be taken very seriously indeed across Government, but what we also need to do is to make sure that it is taken very seriously right across other public services; and certainly as Secretary of State for Health, I will ensure this is taken into the National Health Service.”
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A full version of She Who Disputes (pdf 918 Kb) can be downloaded here.