On Saturday 09 February 2019, the second Women Empowerment session was held in Birmingham.
This session was facilitated by Sis. Esmat Jeraj and Sis. Mariam Hassam and was attended by 14 women of different ages and from various different Jamaats. The pledge from Dr Akber’s manifesto ‘We are determined to remove any obstacles and barriers that prevent women from being active decision makers in the workings of our institutions, services and projects’ was highlighted. The work done so far was also highlighted such as the AGM, Women Empowerment session 1, women needs assessment and the discussion around best practice that should be part of this stream.
The group was then divided into smaller groups to discuss the four most pressing issues they felt needed to be addressed as well as who the stake holders were and what resources would be needed to bring about the change.
The four most pressing issues faced by women that were extracted from the group discussions were:
1. Religious misconceptions
4. Judgements and expectations
It was a productive session where next steps were discussed and some women volunteered to join the different work streams that were emerging.