The MsUnderstood team at the University of Bedfordshire International Centre conference yesterday.
MsUnderstood is a partnership between Imkaan, the University of Bedfordshire and the Girls Against Gangs project, which aims to improve local and national responses to young people’s experiences of gender inequality through:
Volunteering and internship opportunities for young people to inform and develop policy, practice and research
Strategic and operational advice and support to local and national agencies
Training and research 
For more information visit www.msunderstood.org.uk

The MsUnderstood team at the University of Bedfordshire International Centre conference yesterday.

MsUnderstood is a partnership between Imkaan, the University of Bedfordshire and the Girls Against Gangs project, which aims to improve local and national responses to young people’s experiences of gender inequality through:

  • Volunteering and internship opportunities for young people to inform and develop policy, practice and research
  • Strategic and operational advice and support to local and national agencies
  • Training and research 

For more information visit www.msunderstood.org.uk

Check out Freedom Without Fear Platform’s public meeting on Women resisting the racist ‘security’ state on 3rd July at Birkbeck, University of London from 6.30 - 8.30pm.

More information here.

Imkaan hosts dedicated meeting with UN Special Rapporteur on VAW and the BME women’s sector

Imkaan was delighted to host a meeting with the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, Rashida Manjoo, and the BME women’s sector, during her first official visit to the UK at the end of March.

The event brought together more than 30 BME women from across the country, and provided a dedicated space to highlight and discuss the specific context of violence against BME women and girls in the UK. Imkaan would like to thank all the women who contributed, and we give special thanks to Akima Thomas, for chairing the meeting.

Between 31 March and 15 April, Ms Manjoo will assess the manifestations of and response to violence against women and girls in the UK and will share her preliminary findings at a press conference in London at the end of her visit.   Her final findings and recommendations will be presented at a forthcoming session of the Human Rights Council.

Imkaan submitted a briefing paper to Ms Manjoo in advance of her visit, informed by our members and outlining the key issues for the BME women’s sector.  The paper will be available online soon.

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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

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