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Thursday, 30 September 2010

Hear My Voice organised a ground breaking conference for young Muslim Youth and organisations supporting them; including young Muslim women, not shying away from tackling serious issues on young gangs, violence and crime with 200 delegates storming around the room to network, engage and share experiences. It was a time to meet, colleagues, friends who have in years become my second family.

As a facilitator for the workshop young girls safe spaces- no boys allowed I gave delegates an overview on the role young Muslim women can contribute to economic activity and social enterprises, empowering women to capacity build and gain financial independence. This will build them in the future to strongly uphold them in big society. Based on the organisational model for the Community Integration Partnership CIP for Women, I showcased the charity organisation as a success to contributing new migrant women and children in accessing training and employment.  I provided examples and case studies in creating craft and practical innovative social enterprises in an extreme tight timeframe. My colleague, Shahida, community champion and highly regarded change maker; bringing all women cohesively, delivered the mainstream media perception of women with interactive activity for delegates in the first session. Zayneb female photographer captured highlights of the conference.

As I brought the workshop to an end with the final closure to respect, admire Muslim women and allow safe spaces for them to explore find their skills rather than forcing society’s minimum standards and requirements. These young Muslim women should be allowed to identify their careers, goals, aspirations and soft skills, they can explore academia and business model approaches. They also need to be supported by family and organisational networks and youth workers.

The conference networking gave some tiresome practitioners the space also to regain more energy to pursue our personal goals; to empower women and address the issues of violence against women that we hold in our heart deeply over a spot of halal lunch, mousse and beverages.

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