The ending Violence against Women (VAW) programme aims to increase awareness and understanding of issues and relevant services surrounding domestic abuse and honour-based violence to Muslim and Minority Ethnic women in Scotland with the hope of making them feel less isolated and more confident in raising VAW issues in their communities.
Additionally, community members from Azerbaijan to Zimbabwe have benefited from awareness-raising around honour-based violence and VAW more widely. This took various forms such as attendance at film screenings for the new Baby Steps to Gender Equality film, becoming aware of Amina’s work through the People’s Project TV and social media coverage, listening to our content on Radio Ramadan and meeting our team at collaborative events as part of the 16 days of action against VAW.
VAW programme is Scotland wide and includes:
Self-care and storytelling
The workshop focuses on healing and story-telling for women who have experienced any form of honour-based violence. During the workshop the women are encouraged to tell their stories using a visual map of their lives, depicted in scrapbooks. They also learn some gentle but powerful techniques for practicing self-compassion and taking care of themselves.
If I had a Girl…
With a focus on honour-based violence in the Asian community in Scotland, If I had a Girl… is a play told through the words of survivors – those women whose voices are often silenced or stolen.
Through the use of storytelling and theatre, Amina hopes to change attitudes and opinions in the community to long held destructive beliefs about honour.
Attracting a talented and professional cast of actors from across the UK, If I had a Girl…premiered at the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, and will tour Scotland later in the year.
Shaykh Abdul Aziz in conjunction with Amina produced and delivered an interactive workshop on domestic abuse and Islam in Glasgow Central Mosque and Al Makhtoum Mosque in Dundee. There was also one designed specifically for young men delivered by Shaykh Hassan Rabbani. Over 50 men have been engaged with, 94% making a commitment to future campaign work to prevent violence against women. Workshops are due to be held soon in Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Falkirk.
The helpline is a listening ear for women across Scotland. All calls are strictly confidential and non-judgemental; we always deal with clients in a faith and culturally-sensitive manner.
We can help women in English, Urdu, Arabic, Bangla and Swahili and, when required, using online interpreting.0808 801 0301