Apna Haq staff both participate in and run conferences regarding violence against women and girls (VAWG) from black and minority ethnic (BME) communities. We believe in the importance of bringing together professionals, practitioners and members of the community for open discussions on relevant issues.
Hamari Awazain (Our Voices—Asian Women) Conference, May 2019
This conference was aimed at local Pakistani community women. Apna Haq service users performed a drama play on the day, based on a typical case study of a BME family who have been affected by the recent child exploitation and grooming issues.
It aimed to illustrate the plight of the innocent family members affected by CSE (child sexual exploitation) and the way agencies failed to support them by treating them as though they are held accountable for the crimes committed by the perpetrators. Additionally, it also shows the lack of sensitivity and support from agencies leading individuals and families to become isolated, due to government programs such as Prevent.
Big Lottery funding launch, February 2017
Having secured extra funding to allow Apna Haq to continue its work after the devastating loss of council funding, we held a launch of our new three-year, Big Lottery funded project in February 2017.
Watch this video to see what this additional funding meant for us.
UK Feminism, Spiritually and Faith conference, November 2016
As part of our work advocating, lobbying and campaigning on behalf of the issues faced by BME women, Apna Haq held a national conference on feminism, spirituality and faith. The conference raised questions such as ‘How does feminism intersect with faith, spirituality and racism?’ and ‘How can we assert a space in feminism for faith and spirituality?’.
Ending the Silence conference, February 2016
Apna Haq held the Ending the Silence conference which was well attended by over 100 community members, practitioners and professionals. The conference brought together learning from a six-month project on raising awareness, analysing needs and developing strategies for movement and change as well as highlighting good practice within our work against violence against women. The conference focused on understanding specific challenges faced by marginalised black and minority ethnic (BME) communities.
Read more about the conference in the Rotherham Advertiser.
Rebounce Conference, March 2015
We ran a successful community developed, women's self-empowerment course targeting existing board members and other women from the various BME communities. We gained funding from People’s Health Trust to run a weekly programme lasting just over a year, culminating in a conference targeting decision makers and local women. The Rebounce members acted out a play, based on group members’ personal experiences of domestic violence, written by the local Open Minds Theatre Company.
The weekly sessions covered:
- Discussing BME women's strengths, skills, experiences, building alliances, focusing on oppression at a personal, local, national & international level.
- Learning about equality laws, gender & race inequalities and how women do make a difference when involved.
- Exploring local relevant agendas such as police commissioners, health & wellbeing boards.
- Influencing local decision-making processors by attending local boards, forums and presenting research.
- Enabling women to understand structures and policymakers that they can influence: local councillors, scrutiny panel, area assemblies, MPs, forums.
Feedback from the women who took part was overall very positive, resulting in feelings of improved cultural awareness, greater knowledge of the signs and effects of abuse, and joy from meeting new people.
Child Sexual Exploitation conference, November 2014
Apna Haq and the Muslim Women’s Network UK collaborated to host a conference on child sexual exploitation (CSE) in November 2014. The event was held to raise awareness of, and discussion about, sexual exploitation of Asian girls and young women in the Rotherham, South Yorkshire area.
Under-reporting of sexual abuse among this demographic is a barrier to ensuring the correct support is in place. The conference set out to encourage dialogue between community members and support services to discuss the uncovering of silence around abuse of Asian girls, why this is, and how to increase reporting levels.
WAVE Conference, November 2014
We attended the 16th Women against Violence Europe (WAVE) conference, to deliver a workshop called ‘Future Perspectives on Preventing Violence against Women and their Children’.
We used the example of a woman from Czech Republic who moved to the UK after having fled her violent relationship to show that women from EU countries may face similar problems as undocumented migrant women from outside the EU. The process of migration and the results of it is the same for every woman regardless of her country of origin, ethnicity and race. Governmental policies on migration affect every undocumented migrant woman. The slogan of ‘violence reported, victim deported’ explains the feature of migration for undocumented women very well.