Imkaan commissioned Amena Zaman to design and create an image and greeting cards to accompany our Purple Butterflies campaign in December 2013.  She designed a beautiful and powerful image that reflected our campaign perfectly, and created cards containing the image and our organisational logo ahead of deadline.
Amena approached the project with professionalism and warmth and we are very grateful that she agreed to take on this piece of work.  
We would love to work with Amena again in future.
For more about Amena’s work, visit her Facebook page, Occasional Artist.

Imkaan commissioned Amena Zaman to design and create an image and greeting cards to accompany our Purple Butterflies campaign in December 2013.  She designed a beautiful and powerful image that reflected our campaign perfectly, and created cards containing the image and our organisational logo ahead of deadline.

Amena approached the project with professionalism and warmth and we are very grateful that she agreed to take on this piece of work. 

We would love to work with Amena again in future.

For more about Amena’s work, visit her Facebook page, Occasional Artist.

Imkaan Accredited Quality Standards

Monday 10th March 2014

"[This] accreditation for the first time enables us to demonstrate that we can, and do, provide quality expert services" (Ashiana Network)


Today as part of International Women’s Month we are pleased to launch the IAQS (Imkaan Accredited Quality Standards), a quality framework for specialist black and minority ethnic (BME) women’s organisations. The standards are focused on forced marriage, female genital mutilation and ‘honour-based’ violence and are also applicable to other forms of violence against women and girls. 

The IAQS aim to improve the quality of life for BME women and girls  affected by violence and inequality, and support specialist BME women’s organisations to strengthen practice, and articulate their effectiveness and specialism within a quality framework. 

Our thanks to IMECE and Ashiana Network who were involved in the pilot and achieved Imkaan accredited quality status. 

The development of quality standards has been made possible through Trust for London’s investment. 

The IAQS cover nine core principles:

  • Knowledge
  • Needs assessment
  • Woman-centred
  • Ethnocultural relevance
  • Case Management and Support
  • Prevention
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Integrated approaches
  • Accountability and Governance 

Equalities, intersectional and human rights approaches are embedded throughout the principles, outcomes and measurements of the IAQS. 

The quality standards will support continuous improvement within the violence against women and girls sector and assist in highlighting expertise, along with sustaining the growth and preservation of specialist BME women services. 

"Achieving the Harmful Practices accreditation not only reinforces the value of the specialist organisations in supporting vulnerable BME women, but for the first time enables us to demonstrate that we can, and do, provide quality expert services".
Shaminder Ubhi (Director, Ashiana Network)  

"An excellent piece of work that ensures and continues to develop and strengthen organisations to provide appropriate best practice services for women and children. Thank you!"
Betty Siō (IAQS Panel Member & Chief Executive, Pacific Islands Safety & Prevention Project Inc.)

"Ensuring the safety of women affected by harmful practices such as Female Genital Mutilation, ‘Honour’ based violence and Forced Marriage requires specialist knowledge and skills; particularly as the risk factors in these situations are sometimes hard to identify.  The quality standards produced by Imkaan will help service providers and commissioners to put effective support in place to protect these women" 
Sioned Churchill (Director of Special Initiatives & Evaluation, Trust for London)

"Young women are not old enough to play the national lottery, they shouldn’t be playing a post-code one either.  It is critical that girls and young women are able to access a minimum standard of support, wherever they live; that services who are changing and saving lives can demonstrate their impact; and that commissioners and funders can identify and invest in effective support.  These standards provide us with a means of assuring the quality of services available to girls and young women, and enable commissioners to invest in those that make a difference".
Carlene Firmin MBE (Head of the MsUnderstood Programme)

For more information on Imkaan’s Accredited Quality Standards Framework click here.   
Contact: Development and Training Manager, Dorett Jones at Dorett@imkaan.org.uk

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Internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter Diana King lends her efforts to eliminating violence against women and girls

On 25th November 2013, Imkaan came together with the Pacific Islands Safety and Prevention Project (The Project) in Aotearoa (New Zealand) to reiterate our call for equality and for the elimination of violence against women and girls. We have chosen to use Purple Butterflies as the symbol of this collaboration.

Imkaan’s Executive Director, Marai Larasi shared this via her Twitter page, and internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter Diana King watched our videos discussing the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Following this, Diana has chosen to donate her song “Bruises" from her latest album "Agirlnameking" to Imkaan and The Project, as a way to support our cause. She says:

"As an artist, you live for those moments when your soul speaks and there’s no questioning why you are about to do something. This was what happened when I visited Imkaan’s website through a post on Marai’s Twitter page. I watched the videos discussing the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and immediately something ignited in me because this cause is also my cause. I have 9 sisters who are now women, and all of us have suffered violent abuse as girls. Sadly it continues among more than a few of us. The wounds left never seem to heal and affects our self worth daily. I wanted to do something and it’s an honour to contribution my song "Bruises" written for an abused friend. This is one of the most natural things I’ve ever done. It simple just felt good and right. Elimination is better than cure."

The staff at Imkaan and The Project are truly honoured, inspired and overwhelmed by Diana’s generosity and commitment to equality. 

Big up Diana King! 

Listen/purchase: Bruises by Diana King

Click here for a bit more information.