The Muslim Women’s Welfare Association – Group Award Nominee – 2004

The association was set up in 1980 in the London borough of Waltham Forest, with the aim of providing support and advice to Asian women in the local community, addressing the isolation many women felt, and making them aware of their entitlements. The organisation has also provided training opportunities for women, including ESM and computer skills, in a women-only environment. The establishment of this organisation was a break-through for the Asian community as women would suffer in silence, many not aware of their rights in society, having been dominated by partners and family members. In taking this stand, and supporting women who came for advice and help, many staff suffered abuse and harassment, but this made them even more determined to make this a success. The organisation has received some recognition, and continues to raise issues of concern, and provide practical help women in situations of domestic violence