Apna Haq is a nationally recognised, sector leader in issues of sexual violence against black and minority ethnic (BME) women and girls, including child sexual exploitation (CSE). We are passionate about working to end sexual violence and we take part in (and provide) training, research, studies and partnerships to call for an end to this enormous violation of people’s human rights.
Northern Sexual Violence Consortium
We are proud to be part of the Northern Sexual Violence Consortium, alongside partners such as the Angelou Centre, Humraaz in Blackburn, Rochdale Asian Women’s Organisation and Saheli in Manchester. With funding from Comic Relief, we are able to deliver training on sexual violence advocacy.
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council (RMBC) Needs Analysis Report research
In the wake of child sexual exploitation (CSE) concerns in Rotherham, Public Health England is leading a longitudinal needs analysis of the population.
Apna Haq was one of the community organisations commissioned to undertake research with the Asian community, to gain access to this under-represented minority population of Rotherham. We sought to engage with a wide variety of religious, educational, advocacy, and other Asian community-based organisations in addition to community activists in order to access a broad range of people within the Asian community of Rotherham.
Read more on Our research page.
National coalition of BME service providers that offer sexual violence support
There is a general lack of understanding around how sexual violence affects black and minority ethnic (BME) people. We want to give this issue the attention it needs to improve services for people who experience sexual violence.
We are exploring the idea of setting up a working group or forum of specialist organisations and professionals who support survivors of sexual violence. The vision would be a consortium where we could share good practice, training delivery and funding applications. It would be led by, with, and for BME women and girls who experience sexual violence.
Please get in touch with us if you are interested in finding out more.
National Working Group on Muslim Communities and CSE
Our CEO, Zlakha Ahmed, is a listed trainer for the National Working Group on Muslim Communities and CSE, and is regularly asked to speak at the various county forums on these issues.
'Stop it Now'
Stop it Now! UK and Ireland is a child sexual abuse prevention campaign which supports adults to play their part in prevention through providing sound information. Through this child abuse awareness programme, adults who care for children can act to stop child abuse. This session was run at the Unity Centre targeting Apna Haq staff and service users and Directors. Sessions were then delivered to Wah Hong and Mama Africa group members.
Child sexual exploitation (CSE) NHS toolkit
In partnership with the NHS, we have been working on a psycho-social assessment model to improve communication and conversations between children, young people, and practitioners in relation to child abuse.
Part of the project was to look through existing CSE tools and collate a database of questions for children and young people to scrutinise, and change wordings/find different ways to ask questions that they would be happy to answer. We held a focus group in Rotherham with a girls and young women group to get their perspective on the proposed questions for the toolkit, of which all their suggestions were taken forward for the toolkit.
The outcome will be a national CSE toolkit (yet to be launched). In the meantime, you can find out more on the ‘Not just a thought’ website.
The Women's Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equality (WISE)
WISE is a global program, social network and grassroots social justice movement led by Muslim women. Apna Haq Chief Executive, Zlakha Ahmed, as part of her role as a WISE Shura Council member, has been contributing experiences, knowledge and understanding towards forced marriage and child bride issues.